The People's Car is about to accommodate a few more people than usual with a new seven-seater SUV made in the USA, for the USA.
Between the Tiguan and the Touareg (pictured), Volkswagen has the SUV market covered. What it lacks, however, is a seven-seater, something that US buyers in particular have been demanding of their larger crossovers. But VW, according to the latest industry intel, is planning to correct that with a new SUV to debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show. The new sport-ute would be bigger than the Touareg, but actually priced below it. Despite its "people's car" badge, the Touareg itself is a more upscale offering.
It was, after all, developed alongside the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. Meanwhile the new model, whose name is not yet known, would be priced and positioned to target the likes of the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, to name just two potential competitors, with an MSRP floating around the $30,000 mark. It's reportedly based on VW's flexible new MQB architecture that already underpins smaller models like the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia, and be built alongside the US-spec Passat in Chatanooga, Tennessee, primarily for American consumption. Expect more details to emerge in the coming days as we gear up for Detroit.