Bugatti says their crossover will not be based on a different VAG model.April 4, 2019
If the Bugatti crossover project is approved by the company’s management, the new product will not be built on the basis of the MLB Evo platform.
Now all the big crossovers from the German Volkswagen Group, such as the VW Touareg, Audi Q8, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, are built on the modular platform MLB Evo. It would be logical to assume that the upcoming crossover from the French brand Bugatti can also be built on the basis of this “cart”, but this will not happen.
Bugatti brand general director Stefan Winkelmann, in an interview with the Australian magazine Car Advice, stated that even if their first crossover is still created, it will not be built on the existing platform of the VAG concern.
Instead, an architecture specifically designed for a high-performance model will be used, and the production of a new “cart” will take place at the production facilities of the brand in France, and not at the assembly line with the rest of the VW Group products.
Recall that the aforementioned crossovers Touareg, Q8 and Cayenne are made at a plant in Bratislava, Slovakia, while the British Bentley Bentayga is built at the plant in Crewe, in England, and at the factory Sant’Agata-Bolognese in Italy, production of the Urus crossover is adjusted. So Bugatti will have to greatly increase its current production capacity.
It is too early to say whether this will actually be a crossover or … Winkelmann mentions that the Bugatti is ready to add a new model to the Chiron. He also noted that although the hybrid transmission is “good at the moment” to meet more stringent emission standards, installing it will make the car heavier by 250 kg in exchange for a cruising range of only 50 km.
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