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Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

Volkswagen’s love affair with diesel technology is nothing new, but the manufacturer has had more success with diesel-powered platforms in Europe than in the United States.  The German automaker hopes to change that with the CrossBlue Concept it unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show early this year.

Expected to arrive your local Scottsdale Volkswagen dealer in a year or two, the CrossBlue Concept is a niche SUV designed to challenge the best in one of America’s toughest segments.  Car and Driver describes the CrossBlue’s U.S. market-inspired design features as including “giant wheel arches, a wide stance, and a generally masculine look.”

Although the CrossBlue is a concept vehicle, Volkswagen characterizes the SUV as being nearly market-ready such that the design should not change significantly from now until production.  For now, the CrossBlue looks like a cross between a Chevy Camaro and a Jeep Cherokee – two of the most well-liked American-made autos.

In terms of performance, expect the Volkswagen staples: diesel fuel and turbochargers.  The CrossBlue is expected to have both four- and six-cylinder options in diesel and unleaded variants.  Although few details are available about the powertrain at this point, expect ample power with excellent fuel efficiency and reliability a la the Volkswagen Golf.  Economy is expected to stand at around 35 miles per gallon, although this number could change as Volkswagen explores powertrain possibilities for the U.S. version.

Interestingly, Volkswagen elected to base the CrossBlue on the flexible architecture MQB platform – the options that this platform affords to the manufacturer promise easy upgrades and low-cost production that should translate into competitive pricing.

Volkswagen anticipates a 20% increase in sales in mid-size crossover SUVs in the coming years.  When the CrossBlue – which will likely be renamed when it enters domestic production – arrives, Volkswagen should become an instant competitor in one of the most hotly contested segments.  Until then, stop by Chapman VW Scottsdale for more information about the CrossBlue Concept or any of Volkswagen’s other tremendous offerings.