After a brief hiatus, I am back and ready to bring you more Vee-Dub news. And the press has been buzzing about more than dieselgate lately. Finally.
First up, back in November was the unveiling of the refreshed MK7 Golf. It will be released as a 2017 model for most of the world, but it likely won’t arrive here until next fall as a 2018 model.
Let me say, I love the Golf. I think the current design is handsome yet understated, which I can appreciate. I’ve always liked the clean, simple design from Volkswagen. The refresh simply improves on the current design by adding LED headlights and taillights, re-sculpting the front and rear fascias and updating the tech inside. Along with that, there are new paint colors and wheel designs available.
Next up; after ten years and one mild refresh, the CC is finally getting a replacement.
Last March, at the Geneva auto show, we got a glimpse of the Sport Coupe concept GTE. Fast forward to December when VW announced that concept is the new Arteon and it will be replacing the CC in the line up.
The Arteon will be a stretched version of the MQB architecture that the Golf variants, Atlas and new Tiguan are currently built on. Like the CC, it is a four-door coupe version of the Passat. However, this one is based on the Euro-market Passat and not the one currently sold here in the states.
In other news, Volkswagen Group of America has stated its key focus will be on the huge SUV market. The long anticipated CrossBlue concept now has a name; It will be called Atlas and will be hitting suburban streets this Spring.
Revealed at the L.A. Auto show back in November, the seven-passenger SUV is a direct competitor to the Honda Pilot. However, VW promises it is better in every way. More cargo space, more room for passengers, better quality finishes. The Atlas was designed with the American family in mind, so it’s only suiting it will be built here at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee.
Speaking of SUVs, we’re finally getting an all-new Tiguan. It has been teased for a long time, but VW revealed the new 2018 Tiguan at the Detroit auto show this year. It won’t be a whole lot different than the one they’ve been driving overseas for more than a year, but it will be on a longer wheel base.
As I mentioned earlier, the Tiguan is based on the same MQB architecture as the Atlas. The new model is 4.4 inches wider and 10.7 inches longer than the current Tiguan. The extended wheelbase allows for available third-row seating and 57 percent more cargo space.
The new design is a thing of beauty. As someone who has never even considered an SUV, that may change when my current lease is up.
And finally, the other big story out of the Detroit auto show was the I.D. Buzz concept. Now, this vehicle deserves an article all its own, but I wanted to touch on it briefly. One of the big things coming out of VW’s agreement with the EPA is investing in electric vehicles. Now, if you’ve been following VW news, you’ll know that there were plans to electrify the brand long before the emissions scandal. But (insert Kermit meme) that’s none of my business.
The I.D. Buzz is based on the modular electric architecture, or MEB, which will be shared with the I.D. Hatchback and future electric vehicles. This architecture packs the batteries, electric motors and suspension components all into a skateboard-like chassis, leaving a ton of room in the cabin.
Though we won’t see these on the road for a while, it is an indication as to where Volkswagen is headed. The future is as bright as the I.D. Buzz color scheme.