CrossBlue Concept Would Have 14-Mile All-Electric Range
Volkswagen is taking the occasion of the NAIAS Detroit Auto Show to show its CrossBlue diesel plug-in hybrid electric SUV for the first time. The vehicle’s MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) series hybrid driveline yields zero-to-60-mph acceleration of 7.2 seconds, a combined fuel economy rating of 35 miles per gallon (89 mpge electric), and all-battery range of about 14 miles.
CrossBlue features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that mates a 190-horsepower TDI clean diesel engine with 54-horsepower front and 114-horsepower rear electric motors, a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, and an electric all-wheel-drive system dubbed “propshaft by wire.” The concept SUV has a 9.8-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery.
All-battery zero-emissions mode is available via the touch of a button or automatically. To maximize range, top speed is reduced from 127 mph to 75 mph in all-electric mode.
“The CrossBlue concept is exactly the right type of vehicle for the U.S. market,” Volkswagen of America president and CEO Jonathan Browning said in a North American International Auto Show release.
‘Unique and Supremely Stylish’
“It combines a truly versatile interior layout with sophisticated Volkswagen design, to give a unique and supremely stylish offering in this segment.
“The vehicle showcases our innovative German powertrain engineering and the bandwidth of the new MQB architecture,” Browning said.
The CrossBlue exterior, the manufacturer says, “is a marriage of clean, timeless Volkswagen design language with the masculine character of an American SUV.”
And, VW adds, “The on-board entertainment system is as cool as it gets.”
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