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VW: Planning third SUV on VW Passat platform

VW is said to work on a third SUV, positioned between the VW Touareg and VW Tiguan, and based on the VW Passat platform.

The new model, which could go on sale in 2011, has been conceived as a rival to Volvo’s recently introduced XC60. But rather than using the same platform as Audi’s upcoming Q5, the VW will be built on a modified version of the next-generation Passat, known internally as PQ47.

Using the lower cost Passat platform means the car will get a space saving transverse engine layout instead of the Q5’s longitudinal arrangement. At the same time, it also paves the way for the Volkswagen Group to introduce possible Skoda and Seat variants of the four-wheel drive.

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Source: Autocar