Earlier this year at the Shanghai Auto Show Volkswagen revealed a new take on the crossover segment in form of the CrossBlue Coupe Concept. Now they announced the car is going to make another appearance, this time at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which must means VW might have some plans for it.
Visually, the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept is nothing special. In fact it looks really rather boring. What makes this car significant is its super sophisticated hybrid powertrain. It uses a turbocharged direct-injection (TSI) V6 gasoline engine with two electric motors. Together they make a total 450 horsepower which translates into a 0 to 60 mph time of just 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 147 mph.
And as for fuel economy, how’s 70 MPGe and a range of 570 miles? What’s more, the CrossBlue Coupe can be driven as a zero emissions EV for up to 13 miles at a maximum speed of 75 mph. The driver can choose what sort of driving mode he likes to be in at the touch of a button.
Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe is based off the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) which very flexible and quite versatile. It could, if it were produced, be fitted with conventional four- and six-cylinder engines running on a variety of fuels such as gasoline, diesel, and CNG. But really, without that hybrid system it’s just another dull crossover.