After its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show this spring, the VW CrossBlue Coupe Concept will hit U.S. shores at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. No changes were made to the study since April, so we’re talking about the same five-seat SUV concept based on the new MQB architecture and powered by a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain.
Just like the bigger CrossBlue Concept, the CrossBlue Coupe study previews the design language of future SUV models from Volkswagen.
Under the sleek body there’s a plug-in hybrid powertrain combining a turbocharged direct-injection V6 TSI gasoline engine with two electric motors to produce a combined 415PS (409hp). The 4.890-mm (192.5-in) long SUV sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 147 mph (237 km/h).
VW rates the combined fuel consumption of the CrossBlue Coupe at 70 MPGe (3.36 l/100 km), with the driving range in hybrid mode estimated at around 570 miles (917 km). The study has an all-electric driving range of up to 13 miles (21 km) at a maximum speed of 75 mph (121 km/h).
Since it is based on VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, the CrossBlue Coupe concept could also accommodate conventional four- and six-cylinder engines if it were produced.
By Dan Mihalascu