Latest version of Volkswagen Cross Coupe shown

Published 12 January 2015

Ahead of production in late 2016 of its new 7-seater SUV at Chattanooga, Tennesee, Volkswagen unveiled a third 5-seater concept car called the Cross Coupé GTE at the Detroit Show. This is a plug-in hybrid with all-wheel drive, and previews Volkswagen’s new US look, combining German engineering with the American way of life.

Together, all three concept cars – the CrossBlue presented in Detroit in January 2013, the CrossBlue Coupé most recently shown in Los Angeles in November 2013 and the Cross Coupé GTE are intended to display a wide spectrum of SUV variants that can be built on the VAG's modular transverse matrix (MQB) subframes.

The Cross Coupé GTE measures 4,847 mm long, 1,736 mm high and 2,030 mm wide.  

Powering the Cross Coupé GTE is a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine in combination with two electric motors.  The six-cylinder direct-injection engine (FSI) delivers 280 PS and maximum torque of 350 Nm, while the two electric motors deliver 40 kW and 220 Nm (front) and 85 kW and 270 Nm (rear).  They are powered by a compact lithium-ion battery housed in the centre tunnel, with energy content of 14.1 kWh.  The total output of the drive system is 360 PS, and using this full power, the Cross Coupé GTE, which has a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h), accelerates to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds.  The Cross Coupé GTE can be driven in five different power modes: E-Mode, Hybrid, GTE, Offroad and Battery Hold / Battery Charge.  

In E-Mode, activated at the press of a button, the Cross Coupé GTE can travel in zero-emission mode for up to 20 miles or 32 km, and in this case the 85 kW rear axle electric motor alone drives the vehicle, with the V6 FSI decoupled from the drivetrain by disengaging the clutch and shutting down.  But as soon as the six-cylinder engine needs to be restarted due to the battery charge status or other parameters, it engages smoothly in the drivetrain again in a fraction of a second.

The Cross Coupé GTE also has a number of different driving profiles: Onroad (with the sub-modes Comfort and Eco), Offroad (with Rocks, Sludge & Sand and Gravel), Sport and Snow, and each of these changes the set-up and driving characteristics of the car.  Needless to say, the Offroad drive mode is particularly important for an SUV and all four wheels are powered as soon as the driver activates this mode.  If Offroad is engaged and the battery state of charge is low, the front electric motor is employed exclusively as a generator that is driven by the V6 FSI in order to provide the power for its counterpart on the rear axle.  As the power to drive the rear axle flows by wire and not mechanically, it is referred to as an ‘electric cardan shaft’.  Due to the fact that the FSI drives the rear electric motor via the front electric motor in off-road mode, all-wheel drive is available even when the battery has a low state of charge.


PMG_Barnham    on 12 January 2015

What eventually we all need to know is what real world mpg these vehicles plug in hybrid vehicles are going to produce in urban , cross country. and dual highway/motorway driving.

Other issues which need to emerge before motorists can make a fully informed purchase decision are ;-
1) replacement battery frequency and cost.
2) how overall running costs for different combinations of use (e.g. substantially short trips, substantially long motorway trips or mixed) compared with pure diesel and petrol cars meeting future emission standards

It will be interesting to see at what stage "marketing" allows this information to emerge. All such info is missing from the article above.

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