Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Previews New SUV

2013 Detroit Auto Show


  • Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Picture

    Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Picture

    Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept. | January 14, 2013

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2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Volkswagen's CrossBlue concept previews a new midsize seven-passenger crossover that will be slotted between the compact Volkswagen Tiguan and the full-size Touareg.
  • The CrossBlue is fitted with a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain and six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.
  • Combined output is 306 horsepower, with 0-60 acceleration in 7.0 seconds.

DETROIT — Volkswagen's CrossBlue concept previews a new midsize seven-passenger crossover that could be slotted between the compact Volkswagen Tiguan and the full-size Touareg. The CrossBlue debuted today at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Fitted with a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain and six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, the CrossBlue's fuel economy is projected at 35 mpg in hybrid mode and 89 MPGe in electric mode.

VW did not say when the CrossBlue would go into production.

"If it goes into production, the CrossBlue would flesh out the Volkswagen SUV lineup," the automaker said in a statement on Monday.

The CrossBlue uses the same Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB is the German acronym) architecture that underpins the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3. The concept features six seats, but VW says a planned production version would offer seating for seven in three rows.

The driveline is built around VW's 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel, which drives the front wheels and makes 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. In addition, it has two electric motors: one in front, rated at 54 hp and 133 lb-ft, and one in the rear, rated at 114 hp and 199 lb-ft.

The system delivers a combined 306 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, enough to provide 0-60 acceleration in 7.2 seconds, with a top speed of 127 mph. The range in hybrid mode is more than 660 miles, or 14 miles in pure electric mode at 75 mph.

VW says the CrossBlue was designed specifically for the North American market under the direction of Design Chief Walter de Silva and VW brand Design Boss Klaus Bischoff.

At 196.3 inches long, the CrossBlue is virtually identical in length to the Infiniti JX35. It rides on 21-inch wheels and features a custom CrossBlue Glass Flake paint job and stainless-steel trim.

The cabin features sliding second-row seats as well as a fold-down third row and front passenger seat. It is trimmed in aluminum, leather and wood. A 10.2-inch touchscreen is mounted in the center console, with a user-programmable instrument cluster ahead of the driver.

VW also has integrated iPad Minis into the front-seat headrests and has fitted a Fender premium audio system.

Edmunds says: VW wants to fill out its utility-vehicle range in North America.

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