It doesn’t have a name yet but we know it’s there. It was spotted on the road and not just once. Although it doesn’t have an official name, many call it 2018 Volkswagen Three-Row SUV, quite simple and not elegant. Not at all. However, VW is still deciding on the name and we don’t have a clue what might be the final choice. Nevertheless, many are talking about it these days and we decided to write an article about this SUV. Some information you will read in the following paragraphs is a pure speculation and we ask you not to take everything to the bank.
If you are keeping an eye on VW this three-row SUV doesn’t surprise you. It was presented as a concept three years ago in Detroit under the name of CrossBlue Concept. Many speculate it can be named Terramont, but nobody has a proof to confirm this allegation. New SUV developed by Volkswagen will primarily compete with Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and Honda Pilot. The production is starting soon and it will be built in Tennessee. This probably means new SUV is going to be launched on the American market and perhaps in some other markets as well.
2018 Volkswagen Three-Row SUV Design
Photographers caught a glimpse of the vehicle that is believed to be a future SUV based on the CrossBlue Concept. It appears that 2018 Volkswagen Three-Row SUV doesn’t differ much from the original concept. Although it was heavily camouflaged during first several rides we could easily spot some characteristics. Some similarities with Cherokee are quite obvious. Wheel arches are large, front part is wide and headlights are equipped with LED technology. Wheelbase is not as big as some other models have. Generally, it looks spacious, with a lot of space at the back.
As the title of the article says, this SUV will have three rows of seats and maximum eight spaces. It offers more space than Touareg, for example, thanks to the engine which is mounted transversely. Nobody has peeked inside the cabin yet thus we cannot say what the interior will look like. All of us hope VW won’t let us down and will use the latest technology and high-quality materials. We must hold our horses for a little longer to see the interior of this giant.
Under the Hood
There are several different speculations what is going to be under the hood of the 2018 Volkswagen Three-Row SUV. Such a big and heavy vehicle requires a strong engine hence we might see a 3.6l six-cylinder. This engine might not be the strongest on the market but European automakers usually have less powerful engines than its American rivals. The 3.6l can deliver 280 horsepower and it should be coupled with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
This shouldn’t be the only available powertrain and a 2.0-liter turbo is expected as well. It comes with an output of 240 horsepower and towing capacity of 5,000lbs. There are no rumors about the transmission but FWD is expected. Surprisingly, there are rumors about the hybrid unit. Reportedly, Volkswagen is going to launch a hybrid since they tend to follow the trends on the market.
Trims and Drive Modes
Up to five trim levels of the 2018 Volkswagen Three-Row SUV might be offered. They are going to have several different drive modes: Sport, Snow, Off-road, On-Road, and Eco. The driver will be even able to choose some combination of these modes.
Price and Release
While some blogs see this SUV on the road in spring 2017, VW is still being secretive. They didn’t release any info about the potential release date. Such vehicles usually cost between $30,000 and $50,000 and new SUV should fit in there. Unfortunately, we cannot give you the more accurate price but VW will hopefully announce it soon.