Spied: Is This a Three-Row Volkswagen SUV With Barely Anything On?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
spied is this a three row volkswagen suv with barely anything on

What seems to be a barely disguised Volkswagen SUV has been photographed driving near the automaker’s southern California test facility.

If it is what we think, it’s an important vehicle for the automaker. A three-row SUV has long been part of Volkswagen’s U.S. growth plan, but now it might serve as its survival plan.

Drawing design cues from the 2013 Crossblue concept, the midsize SUV was green-lit in 2014, and production is planned for the end of 2016 at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee facility. The timeline for deliveries is tentatively set for early 2017.

Even as the costly diesel emissions scandal raged around it, the automaker didn’t take money

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

[Image: © 2016 Spiedbilde/The Truth About Cars]

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  • Thegamper Thegamper on Apr 04, 2016

    Obviously it not production spec, but VW sure isn't swinging for the fences on styling lately. Drivers wanted for the new Volkswagen Frumpebarge.

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Apr 04, 2016

    This thing looks pretty bad. Thankfully the new Tiguan is way more relevant to my (and most people as evidenced by its competitors' top 20 sales positions) interests

  • Oberkanone Installing immobilizer is the answer. It's not hard. It's not expensive.
  • MrIcky Out of the possible Jeep recalls to bring up on this site, I'm surprised it's this one and not round 2 of the clutch recall.
  • Dukeisduke I saw a well-preserved Mark VII LSC on the road not too long ago, and I had to do a double-take. They still have a presence. Back when these were new, a cousin of mine owned an LSC with the BMW turbo diesel.
  • Dukeisduke I imagine that stud was added during the design process for something, and someone further along the process forgot to delete it after it became unnecessary.
  • Analoggrotto Knew about it all along but only now did the risk analysis tilt against leaving it there.