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New Volkswagen CrossBlue 6/7-Seater SUV Concept in More Detail [Updated]

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A fresh set of images and additional details, including the name of VW's new Detroit motor show-bound CrossBlue SUV Concept, surfaced on the internet today.

Volkswagen developed the CrossBlue specifically for the U.S. and Canada to preview an upcoming model designed to slot between the smaller Tiguan and the more luxurious and pricier Touareg SUVs.

The study was built around Volkswagen's new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) and measures 196.3 inches (4,986mm) long, 79.3 inches (2,014mm) wide, and 68.2 inches (1,732mm) high. It aims to compete with SUVs like the latest generation Ford Explorer.

While the concept features six individual seats in three rows (2+2+2), the German company says the production model would offer the option of a seven-seat layout with a three-seat bench in the middle row.

In concept guise, the CrossBlue features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that connects a 190hp TDI Clean Diesel engine with 54-hp front and 114-hp rear electric motors, DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, and an electric all-wheel-drive system. A similar setup was used on the 2011 VW Cross Coupé compact SUV, albeit with a turbocharged gasoline unit in place of the SUV's turbo diesel.

Stay tuned for a full picture gallery and more information from the Detroit Auto Show later in the day.


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14 Comments:

SgtBeavis said... »January 14, 2013

That is the best looking Jeep Grand Cherokee I've ever seen.. :-P

kachuks said... »January 14, 2013

My thought precisely.

mdr1220 said... »January 14, 2013

You know Porsche and Audi want a part of this.

Ben Stansfield said... »January 14, 2013

another bafflingly boring VW US design. tho i like the interior.

Me Too said... »January 14, 2013

Exactly

ben nibohs said... »January 14, 2013

looks good, something i cant see a soccor mom driving

Ryan Whitwood said... »January 14, 2013

Looks a bit like the Bentley SUV concept a few months back. But it looks good, but I can definitely see the Jeep lineage.

Vikram Sharad More said... »January 14, 2013

exactly

Teo Ertan said... »January 14, 2013

Styling, definelty agree wth everybody. Looks exactly like a refined Grand Cherokee.

However, whats under the hood is lightyears advanced than any Jeep.

Jason Hall said... »January 14, 2013

Looks extremely dull for a "concept car" - expect the production version to be even more so.

smallenpik@gmail.com said... »January 14, 2013

Nice 7 seater with 6 seats!
Is it just a lie, or...
No it must be me because I'm freakin crazy....in all the pictures of this model I only count 6 seats. Where does the idear of a seven seater come from???

JohnCarscoop said... »January 14, 2013

You can find the answer in the article: "While the concept features six individual seats in three rows (2+2+2), the German company says the production model would offer the option of a seven-seat layout with a three-seat bench in the middle row."

Braddo said... »January 14, 2013

Almost looks like a twin of the Jeep in the next Blog Story... BORING!

Gal said... »March 14, 2013

I had a vision of a Hybrid Diesel since I have test-drove the Chevy Volt. When I asked the representative why the do not have a Diesel engine they could not reply...
Now the answer is clear - Engineering and common sense win, big time!!!
The best of all worlds: Plug-In Hybrid and Diesel. The only thing needed is more charging stations and we can say goodbye to fuel consumption, pollution and greenhouse gases

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