The idea of creating two design or styles from near identical mechanicals is not entirely new. Mercedes-Benz pioneered the concept with the Gen I CLS sedan in 2005 which was based on the then E-Class. Likewise, BMW created the coupe-inspired X6 SUV in 2009 from the X5. This strategy seems to work both ways for both manufacturer and end user with several automakers. And the idea is catching up in the SUV/CUV segments more than ever now and it seems several Volkswagen Group brand products are going to be among the major beneficiaries.
First off will be the entry level Tiguan from Volkswagen. The car’s flexible MQB platform in the Gen II model will serve as base for the coupe-styled Tiguan variant. The 4-door coupe promises to stand out with a more muscular design, according to French media. Most powertrain components will carry over thereby saving development costs. The CrossBlue Coupe concept shown at the 2013 Shanghai auto show gives an insight into what the model could look like. The cabin of the two variants of the Tiguan will be almost exactly identical inside.
Meanwhile, the sports car brand Porsche also has similar plans with its highly popular Cayenne. According to German media, the brand is working on a coupe version of the model and it will be introduced by the end of the year. It is expected that at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, the Cayenne Coupe will make its official debut.