UPDATE: Volkswagen's new Cross Coupe may be built in Chattanooga
UPDATE: Volkswagen unveiled on Monday the new Cross Coupe GTE five-seat SUV to be built in Chattanooga at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Production is slated to begin this year; the Cross Coupe is one of two new SUVS the German automaker plans to add to its lineup by 2017. The other is a new Tiguan with a longer wheelbase.
"It is large, it is beautiful and it is pure high-tech. So we believe this concept could be a perfect match for America," Volkswagen AG chairman Martin Winterkorn said in Detroit in announcing the “biggest SUV offensive in our brand's history.”
The Cross Coupe SUV uses a plug-in hybrid system with a maximum output of 355 horsepower and an all-wheel-drive system that uses an “electric driveshaft.” The hybrid has an estimated fuel economy of 70 MPGe, based on a combination of gas and electric power.
Channel 3 contacted Volkswagen spokesman Scott Wilson, who said a decision on the location for building the new Cross Coupe GTE had not yet been determined.
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(WRCB) - Volkswagen took the wraps off their newest vehicle Sunday night in Detroit at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.
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The events starts officially Monday, but Sunday nights have always played host to sneak peeks of the latest and greatest from auto manufacturers from around the globe.
Volkswagen's Cross Coupe GTE was shown Sunday. The 5-seat crossover hybrid SUV has a V-6 hybrid, 276-horsepower drivetrain, with 2 electric motors and all-wheel drive.
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The vehicle, sporting a slightly different name as the Volkswagen Cross Blue Coupe concept, debuted at the at the Shanghai auto show in 2013.
The question which looms large for the newest SUV: where will the vehicle be built?
Volkswagen Chattanooga currently builds the Passat sedan, and in mid-2014, VW announced that Chattanooga would build the larger CrossBlue SUV 7-seater here in the Scenic City.
The addition of that vehicle to Volkswagen Chattanooga's production is expected to add 2,000 new jobs.
Earlier Sunday, Volkswagen's new Golf/GTI was named car of the year.
Read more on the 2015 North American International Auto Show from our partners at the Detroit News.