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Volkswagen CrossBlue concept

Tue, 15 Jan 2013

Volkswagen has unveiled its new CrossBlue SUV concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Developed specifically for the North American market, if it makes it into production it will sit above the Tiguan and below the Touareg in the VW SUV range. The CrossBlue was designed in Germany under the leadership of VW Group's head of design Walter de'Silva and Klaus Bischoff, the VW Brand's head of design in close co-operation with Volkswagen of America.

The six-seater concept – measuring in at 4,987mm long, 2,015mm wide, and 1,733mm high – is painted in ‘CrossBlue Glass Flake' while a stainless-steel trim runs the length of the lower section and frames the narrow air intake at the front.

A sharp character lines flows from behind the headlamps to the rear while another emphasizes the flared effect of the wheelarches before fading into the rear lamps.

Inside, the aluminum-surrounded controls for the lights, climate control and four-wheel drive are hidden until the driver starts the engine, at which point they emerge from their flush positions. The interior is predominantly decorated with aluminum, leather and dark-stained banana tree wood accents, while the center console features a 10.2-inch touchscreen with an Apple iPad Mini in the back of both the front headrests.

Gallery: Volkswagen CrossBlue concept