Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

This is the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept from Auto Shanghai 2013, an upcoming five-seat sportier sister to the VW CrossBlue concept from Detroit 2013. The original CrossBlue is a seven-seat SUV concept based on the Golf’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, and you can view it here.

Autocar UK says that the CrossBlue will be VW’s rival to the Toyota Highlander, and there’s room for a sportier, smaller version. “We’re looking to cover a broader section of the market with our next generation of SUV models. There is definite customer demand for a more sporting model alongside the standard car we hinted to with the earlier BlueCross concept,” a VW official told the mag.

Both the seven-seater CrossBlue and CrossBlue coupe are penciled in as successors to the current Tiguan (which is much smaller) in markets such as North America and China, positioned below the Touareg SUV, which will itself grow in size when the next-gen car appears in 2016. At 4,889 mm long and 2,015 mm wide, the CrossBlue Coupe is 93 mm longer and 74 mm wider than the current Touareg.

The CrossBlue SUVs will be made at VW’s US plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and possibly China.