VW to Unveil Battery-Powered SUV at Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen (ETR:VOW3) announced that it will be unveiling a battery-powered SUV on Monday at the Detroit auto show. The unveiling is a part of the company’s efforts to push electric vehicles and gain back the trust of buyers in the U.S. in the aftermath of its emissions scandal.

The SUV will be an electric hybrid version of VW’s Tiguan, the company’s top-selling SUV. Analysts agree that the core Volkswagen brand, VW, is in desperate need of new models after seeing a three-year decline in sales.

According to sources close to the company, the concept model will hit dealerships in the United States sometime after the release of the new company’s midsize crossover vehicle, which is slated for next year. VW also unveiled a new electric microbus at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this week.

The prototype for the new SUV integrates electric engines at the rear and front axles, and has more offer capabilities than VW’s GTE concept.

VW has plans to expand its MQB modular platform, which is the base for the majority of the company’s small and medium front-wheel-drive vehicles, in order to build on its range of electric and hybrid cars. VW also has plans to create a new modular platform, known as MEB, for compact electric car models and light commercial vehicles. The company plans on launching 20 hybrid, battery-powered vehicles by 2020.

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Daniel Simmons