Volkswagen has unveiled a so-called coupé variant of the CrossBlue at the Shanghai motor show. Volkswagen’s second new SUV model is expected to compete with the Toyota Highlander. It’s likely to enter production in 2015 at the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. The very sporty four-wheel drive SUV will be a close preview of the new five-seat model that’s designed as a sister car to the original seven seat CrossBlue displayed last January at the Detroit motor show.
A Volkswagen executive told Autocar that the company aims to appeal to a wider portion of the segment with its next generation of SUV models. He added that there is demand for a model that’s very sporty, somewhere along the lines of the sporting model that the company suggested at with its BlueCross concept.
Volkswagen CrossBlue and CrossBlue coupé were both designed to be added to the range as a successor to the smaller Tiguan in markets like North America and China. At this price, these models will be slotted under the very luxurious Touareg. A third-generation model is set to be introduced in 2016.
The new coupé variant has the same styling lineage as the original CrossBlue concept and comes with a much sleeker silhouette than its relatively upright sibling, with a lower front-end, more heavily angled windscreen, shallower glasshouse and added curvature to its roofline. The new SUV prioritizes styling over practicality, made obvious by the heavy rake of its tailgate. The new Volkswagen concept has a striking profile and it also gets its own exterior detailing.
One of its highlights is a new interpretation of Volkswagen’s horizontally themed corporate grille that matches the internal graphics of the LED headlamps. This offers the BlueCross coupé with a grand front end look accentuated by its visual width.
The CrossBlue Coupé has a length of 4889mm, a width of 2015mm, and a height of 1673mm. This means that compared to the second generation Touareg, it is 93mm longer, 74mm wider and 36mm lower. It features large wheelhouses permit the use of 22-inch polished aluminium wheels covered with 285/45 tyres.
Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe is underpinned by the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB), which allows for particular parameters – like the mounting orientations of all engines -- to be maintained in a uniform manner across model series and brands. Likewise, the MQB allows the optimal and individual implementation of variable parameters – like the wheelbase, track widths and wheel sizes -- in a variety of models. VW designed all new MQB models so they could also be fitted with various drive systems powered by petrol, diesel and natural gas or as hybrid or E-models.
As for the CrossBlue Coupe currently displayed in Shanghai, China, it is also underpinned by the MQB platform as supported by MQB front suspension and four-link rear suspension. Featuring the electromechanical MQB steering, the concept car is powered by a 220 kW (299 PS) V6 TSI engine (EA390 series) as paired to an automatic six-speed DSG (DQ 400 E). These mechanicals are meant to work with the two E-motors on the front (40 kW) and on the rear (85 kW), both of which get their juice from a lithium-ion battery located in the center tunnel.
This combination of conventional engine, electric motors, dual-clutch gearbox and "propshaft by wire" operation allows the new all-wheel drive CrossBlue Coupe to go as fast as 236 km/h, making this unique SUV concept the leader in terms of both fuel economy and driving dynamics. In fact, this plug-in hybrid SUV concept is expected to consume just 3.0 liter of fuel per 100 km, as per the European standard for electric hybrid vehicles ECE-R101.