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Motor Trend Reports Big SUV in Pre-production

Motor Trend magazine, one of the top consumer publications in the auto industry, reports that VW is nearing the production stage for a large three-row SUV designed to compete with Explorer, Tahoe and Highlander. As yet unnamed, the project has the working title of “B-SUV.” Motor Trend journalists joined a few others in a guided tour held at the Chattanooga production facility to get a glimpse of a camouflaged test model. The name should be released later this month and pictures released later this fall. Stay in touch with your Volkswagen Scottsdale dealership, Chapman Volkswagen to learn more about Volkswagen’s entry in the large SUV market.

Choice of Engines and Drivetrain

Motor Trend has learned that the B-SUV will offer consumers a choice of either a 220 horsepower 4-cylinder engine or a VR6 similar to the one in the Passat. Both engines will utilize an 8-speed automatic transmission and drivers will have a choice for front or all-wheel drive. VW execs were not specific, but did tell Motor Trend the B-SUV will tow several thousand pounds. Suspension consists of coils in the rear and struts in the front with no adjustability by the driver. Throttle, anti-lock brakes and traction control will be adjustable to suit the road conditions. The B-SUV will also offer systems to control the speed on steep descents and help get you started on sharp inclines. A VW exec told Motor Trend that customers will be impressed by the new vehicle’s “autobahn-bred driving dynamics.”

New SUV Adds to Lineup

The new B-SUV adds to a Volkswagen SUV lineup that already includes the sporty compact Tiguan and mid-size Touareg. The Tiguan comes with a 200-horsepower engine and offers the option of all-wheel drive. It delivers 24 mpg on the highway and has luxurious options such as a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, steering wheel infotainment controls and push-button start. The larger Touareg is great for accommodating people or cargo, delivering 64 cubic feet of space once you fold the rear seats down. Luxury touches include optional heated seats for those ski trips, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and Bi-Xenon headlights. A hands-free power lift gate is a welcome addition when your hands are full of shopping bags. Head to Chapman Volkswagen for a great selection of SUVs. Stay tuned for the first delivery of the larger B-SUV sometime late next year.

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All-electric Microbus Addresses Needs of Future

Although the clamor for a new version of the microbus still rings strong with VW fans, the closest you can get for now is the BUDD-e concept vehicle. Named the “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” at the recent Concept Vehicle Awards in Michigan, the BUDD-e checks off all the boxes to help solve mobility problems now and in the future. “We are thrilled that the BUDD-e has been honored as 2016 Concept Truck of the Year and would like to thank the panel of judges for recognizing Volkswagen’s innovation,” VW director of marketing Dr. Hendrik Muth said. “We are determined to lead the future of automotive design, and BUDD-e shows the capabilities of our all-new electric vehicle architecture and further advances connectivity and infotainment.” Although you can’t buy the BUDD-e, you can see VW’s innovation and eye to the future by examining the entire Volkswagen inventory at your Volkswagen Scottsdale dealership, Chapman Volkswagen.

BUDD-e Provides Look Into Transportation Future

With features like a range of 233 miles, gesture control to operate in-vehicle systems and an integrated communication system that works with both your home, other vehicles and smartphones, the BUDD-e offers some of the most sophisticated technology to date in the automotive industry. The BUDD-e was one of 20 concept vehicles presented to two dozen judges for review. There is no word if the BUDD-e, or something similar, will ever become a production vehicle available for sale.

New VW EV Debuting in Paris

According to the blog “Autocar,” VW will be unveiling a new all-electric car at the Paris Auto Show in September. It will be about the same size as the Golf hatchback, but the interior will remind consumers more of the Passat. Autocar said that the VW engineers have accepted the challenge to build an Electric Vehicle (EV) that delivers a 310-mile range, has a charge time less than 20 minutes, and costs less or the same than a gasoline engine car with similar features. There are reports that the vehicle, yet unnamed, could be on the Chapman Volkswagen sales lot by 2019, but other estimates have the release date closer to 2025. “Nobody can say when it will be a reality, but we are working on it,” VW CEO Matthias Muller said. For now, VW fans have the option of buying the e-Golf, a hatchback with the styling of the popular Golf that delivers the equivalent of 126 mpg in the city.