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We're among the first to ride in Volkswagen's new three-row SUV

Debuting at the LA Auto Show later this year, Volkswagen's three-row ute is built expressly for the US and China.

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Andrew Krok
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It might not look like much with all that camo, but this is Volkswagen's next big thing.

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I mean big in the literal sense -- it's larger than the current Touareg SUV.

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It's VW's first three-row SUV, built for the US and China.

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Germans don't really go for the whole three-row ute thing, because they don't really need 'em.

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We didn't get to drive it, but we did get to take a pretty long ride in it.

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What I can tell you is that it drives quite nicely.

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Thicker tire sidewalls soak up some road nastiness, while a taut chassis keeps it nice and flat when the going gets twisty.

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Thin A pillars give the driver and passenger excellent forward visibility.

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All three rows have ample legroom and headroom, even with my 6-foot frame.

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The car will debut to the public at the LA Auto Show this fall.

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Volkswagen's still working on a name, though.

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Rumor has it VW might stray away from the traditional SUV taxonomy, wherein its ute names all start with the letter T.

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