Volkswagen bold hybrid concept of SUV, the CrossBlue Coupé Concept, is premiered in the most prestigious auto exhibit in China – the Shanghai Motor Show 2013. In the showcase, Volkswagen also present its all-new Jetta, Volkswagen Gran Lavida and all-electric with the ground breaking fuel economy of 0.9 l/100 km[approx. 313 mpg], the Volkswagen XL1. The new SUV concept in the shape of the CrossBlue Coupé is built on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, the CrossBlue Coupé highlights the future drive train possibilities and is a short-wheelbase version of the previous CrossBlue concept.
CrossBlue has a plug-in hybrid system consists of a transverse 3.6-liter turbocharged V-6 making 295 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, a front electric motor making 54 hp, and a rear motor making 114 hp. It also generates an impressive combined output of 415 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Mated with six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and centre tunnel-mounted 9.8 kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack, this 4,889 mm-long SUV accelerates like a dynamic sports car, zero to 62 mph takes a mere 5.9 seconds, and the top speed is 146 mph. With great performance, CrossBlue Coupe has impressive fuel economy with a combined cycle figure of 3.0 l/100 km, or 94.1 mpg and returns 6.9 l/100 km or 40.9 mpg in hybrid mode with a depleted battery powered by the TSI engine. Such fuel efficiency provides it a theoretical range of 1,190 km (740 miles) with its 80-litre fuel tank.
The CrossBlue Coupe is adorned with clean and elegant ambience with soft Nappa leather in “Anthracite Pearl” and “Asphalto. It has also introduced two-color ambient lighting reconciling the different drive modes of the vehicle. Exploring the CrossBlue Coupe design, this new coupe concept comes with V-shaped dual spokes. The front radiator grille trim is consisting of two polished aluminium struts and the VW logo. The lateral ends of the upper strut creates unique light signature and are utilized for the daytime running lights. The ports for fuel tank and battery lie under the steeply raked C-pillars along the side; while fuel filler neck is placed under the lid on the right and cover for the electrical outlet is placed on the left side. Stainless steel tail pipes are elegantly designed and are integrated into a polished aluminium trim panel.
Photos of Volkswagen models live at the Shanghai Motor Show 2013