- The Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept, a short-wheelbase version of the earlier CrossBlue concept, debuted on Friday at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
- "This one shows a more sporty styling direction" for CrossBlue, a Volkswagen spokesman told Edmunds.
- There are no immediate production plans for the CrossBlue Coupe concept or the original CrossBlue.
SHANGHAI, China — The Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept, a short-wheelbase version of the earlier CrossBlue concept, debuted on Friday at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
Volkswagen's CrossBlue concept, which debuted in January at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, previews a new midsize seven-passenger crossover that will be slotted between the compact Volkswagen Tiguan and the full-size Touareg. The CrossBlue Coupe concept seats five.
"This one shows a more sporty styling direction" for CrossBlue, said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds. "We honestly don't know North American plans (for the coupe version). We would like the seven-passenger vehicle, if it happens. (The CrossBlue Coupe) shows the way styling could go with a midsize SUV."
Volkswagen has not announced production plans for the CrossBlue Coupe concept or the CrossBlue. The coupe version is lower and shorter than the original CrossBlue shown in Detroit, but it has the same width and track.
The CrossBlue Coupe is fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that bundles a turbocharged direct-injection V6 gasoline engine with two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Total output is pegged at 415 horsepower. VW said the CrossBlue Coupe returns 79 mpg based on the new European driving cycle. It can be driven in electric mode for up to 21 miles at a maximum speed of 75 mph.
"This SUV can thus perform like a sports car, with a zero-62 mph time of just 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 147 mph," said Volkswagen in a statement.
In comparison, the CrossBlue concept is a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid with combined output of 306 hp.
The latest iteration of the CrossBlue features a long hood, long roof line and 22-inch polished aluminum-alloy wheels. It gets a CrossOrange Metallic paint treatment.
The cabin gets mini iPads integrated in the head restraints of the front seats.
The CrossBlue Coupe is based on VW's new Modular Transverse Matrix or MQB architecture. All new MQB models are designed so they can be built with natural gas, hybrid or electric powertrains as well as diesel or gasoline engines.
Edmunds says: VW rolls out an interesting Take Two on the CrossBlue. But whether it will end up in your driveway at some point is still a mystery.