Cross­over pur­poses

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CAR NEWS -

News of the baby SUV comes in the same week as VW un­veils its CrossBlue Coupe con­cept (pic­tured) at the Shang­hai mo­tor show. The hy­brid SUV is much big­ger than Hack­en­berg is talk­ing about but the maker says it pre­views the new look for all of its com­ing crossovers.

He is not talk­ing specifics but says the new baby is al­ready in the pipe­line be­hind the re­place­ment for the cur­rent Tiguan, with both built up from the MQB me­chan­i­cal plat­form al­ready used for the new Golf.

‘‘ The Tiguan suc­ces­sor is in 2016. We are also think­ing about a smaller SUV but that will take some time,’’ Hack­en­berg says.

He talks pas­sion­ately about the po­ten­tial for the MQB pack­age, which is in­tended to un­der­pin a wide range of front and all-wheel drive mod­els from the new Golf down to the next Polo and up to the re­place­ment for the Pas­sat.

‘‘ Ac­tu­ally, the MQB is go­ing down to (city car size) and the next ver­sion will be like the Pas­sat and the Tiguan. Then next will be the Polo and in be­tween there is some space for other cars, for ex­am­ple, the smaller SUV,’’ he says.

He con­firms a re­newal of the Golf Cabri­o­let un­der the MQB plan but says the open-air Eos will con­tinue much as to­day.

‘‘ We are quite happy with the Golf Cabrio and that will stay for some time.’’

But a com­pact VW sports car, which could have been twinned with a smaller Porsche be­low the Cay­man and Boxster, is still­born. Hack­en­berg says a global de­cline in sports car sales means it is not go­ing ahead — for now. This re­porter is on Twit­ter

@paulward­gover

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