2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Volkswagen conjures up another derivative of its Cross Coupe plug-in hybrid concept, this one with a clean diesel engine.
- In addition to the TDI engine, the latest version of the Cross Coupe features a pair of electric motors, one at the front and one in the rear.
- Both the vehicle and the driveline appear to be headed for production.
GENEVA — Volkswagen has conjured up another derivative of its Cross Coupe plug-in hybrid concept, this one with a clean diesel engine.
VW released the first Cross Coupe concept three months ago, at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show. That version featured a small TSI gas engine rated at 148 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque, mated with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic.
The latest iteration, which debuts next week at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, substitutes a familiar TDI engine, in this case a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit slated for widespread use in the company's new MQB modular platform, which will underpin the replacements for the Golf, the Tiguan and a variety of siblings.
The TDI is also coupled with the seven-speed DSG, and makes a thumping 295 lb-ft of torque. As on the earlier Cross Coupe concept, the latest version adds a pair of electric motors, one that delivers 133 lb-ft to the front axle and the other providing 199 lb-ft to the rear. VW says the combination under full load supplies up to 516 lb-ft of torque — considerably more than the 6.3-liter W12 engine that powers the 2012 Audi A8.
The Cross Coupe TDI Hybrid jets from zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds — faster than the gasoline/electric version — and can travel up to 28 miles in pure electric mode, drawing on energy stored in the 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
VW says the Cross Coupe TDI Hybrid will return an average 55 mpg, giving it a range of 800 miles.
Edmunds.com says: Both the Cross Coupe and the TDI hybrid drivetrain are likely to wind up in production in the next two years.