Posted Dec 13th 2011 7:00PM
Turns out the Volkswagen Cross Coupé concept shown off at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show was for testing audience reaction. And apparently the reaction was positive enough to the integrated grille and sloping hindquarters that the picaresque four-door SUV could inspire a production version within three years.
VW execs believe SUVs will continue to grow in popularity, and that as they do, customers will want perhaps more car-ish variety in their styling, with more muscle and sportiness. It wouldn't come alone, either, with "several variants" being pledged if this one does see the light.
The concept itself was done with that in mind, seeing as it sits on the transverse matrix architecture that will support the next Golf and Audi A3. However, even though the cabin sports part-bin components like window switches and seat rails, don't expect it to be so new wave. That hybrid powertrain would also be a thing of the distant future.
Check out a video of the Cross Coupé on the stage in Tokyo after the break.