VW bosses are still deciding whether to bring the CrossBlue SUV to the UK, despite the model being confirmed for production in 2016
11 July 2014

A decision on whether VW’s CrossBlue SUV will be sold in the UK has yet to be finalised, say insiders.

The production version of the CrossBlue concept will follow a long-wheelbase version of the revised Tiguan into showrooms in other markets in 2016. It is an even larger SUV based on an adapted MQB platform structure and designed to take on the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The concept was given the green light for production by VW bosses early this year, having made its debut at the Detroit motor show in 2013. Reports have suggested the CrossBlue will cost from around £20,000 in the US. 

A more sporting version of the car, dubbed the CrossBlue Coupe, was also seen at the Shanghai motor show.

Sources have previously noted that a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine producing around 187bhp would be a likely choice for the production version, possibly featuring hybrid drive.

A pre-production prototype model driven by Autocar featured that same engine in conjunction with two electric motors, making a combined output of 302hp.

Read Autocar's first drive of the CrossBlue concept.

Additional reporting by Darren Moss

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11 July 2014
I think its a new brainer, and VW should bring the SUV to the market. In my mind, SUVs of this class are the Mondeo's of today, and this should be a key tool in VWs response to the market shift. They should focus on maximising the green credentials and optimising the energy usage for CrossBlue. They should also try and improve connectivity with smartphones. I think this will have the potential for more sales than any upmarket version of the Passat.

11 July 2014
While I understand why car manufacturers are so keen to follow the market rather than shape it (it's a lot safer) this is really an issue they should be making a stand on.

Not that I'm suggesting they scrap their crossovers, but hatchback and estate ranges that don't get more uncomfortable at higher specs, come with decent seats and are more likely to have Luxury trim levels than Sport ones would be a good start. As would hurrying the implementation of a harder to cheat testing procedure so people could once again know what to expect efficiency-wise.

11 July 2014
I can only assume that VW are uncertain because it would conflict with/kill of the Toerag in the UK?

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