These spy images from China show what we believe to be an early chassis testing mule of the VW CrossBlue production version.
You would be tempted to say that hiding underneath the skin of the old Audi Q7 is the all-new Touareg, but we don't think that’s the case. First of all, in one of the attached spy photos you will notice a folded third row of seats, something the Touareg lacks. In addition, another pic showing the underside reveals the mule’s suspension is MQB-based whereas the new Touareg will ride on the same MLB Evo platform as the latest Q7. Despite the Q7 body and the four ring logo, this is not an Audi as clearly indicated by the interior cabin featuring many VW bits and pieces.
As a consequence, we are inclined to believe this is a production version of VW CrossBlue concept. It’s going to be a seven-seat SUV programmed to enter production towards the end of next year at VW’s Chattanooga factory in U.S. It will also be made in China by one of the two local joint ventures: Shanghai-Volkswagen or FAW-Volkswagen.
More details about the model are scarce at the moment, but it should have just about the same footprint as the concept. That one measured 196.3 inches (4986 mm) in length, 79.3 inches (2014 mm) in width, and was 68.2 inches (1732 mm) tall.
Expect to see the seven-seater mid-size SUV from VW to break cover at a major auto show next year in North America and it will also be shown at one of the big auto events in China. Chances are the model will receive a different name before hitting the assembly line.
Note: With these test mules you never know for sure, so we are not entirely excluding the possibility of a next-gen Touareg.
Additional spy images are available at the source link below.