Volkswagen is about to pull the wrap off its new SUV concept in the shape of the CrossBlue Coupé at 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. 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.
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.
VW’s new MQB or Modular Transverse Matrix is designed to give a large amount of flexibility in terms of potential power. It could use conventional drive systems with four- or six-cylinder engines, configured for a variety of fuels (petrol, diesel, CNG).
It is powered by 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 produces an impressive combined output of 415 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
With its 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.
Even with that go-fast ability, 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.
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.
Adorned with sporty and athletic appearance, the latest iteration of the CrossBlue features wide track (1,709 mm front, 1,726 mm rear), 2,980 mm wheelbase (Touareg 2,893) and 22-inch alloy wheels (with 285/44 tyres). It has two sockets, one for charging the high voltage battery and another for connecting electric devices that makes it a generator, too.
In brief, Volkswagen’s new CrossBlue Coupe Concept is the best choice for those looking for sporty, fuel efficient, eco friendly and performance oriented mid-size SUV. There are no recent plans for the CrossBlue Coupé to enter production.
Photos of Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupé Concept SUV