Leaked: Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

Article by Christian A., on January 14, 2013

The first photos with the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept emerged today on the web revealing a new car that Volkswagen will offer it in its lineup sometime in the future. Set to make its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the new CrossBlue Concept will be slotted between the Tiguan and the Touareg and was designed especially for the United States and Canada.

Based on the new MQB platform, the CrossBlue is 4986mm (196.3 inches) long, 2014mm (79.3 inches) wide and 1732mm (68.2 inches) tall. As expected, it will offer enough room for four persons, although the concept version features just 6. Under the hood we find a TDI Clean Diesel engine delivering 190 hp but also two electric motors, one at the front wheels with 54 hp and one at the rear wheels with 148 hp.

The vehicle features a permanent all-wheel drive system and a DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox. Using just the 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, the CrossBlue Concept can act just like any other electric car on the market for 14 miles or almost 23 km. Using the engine, it offers a total range of 661 miles or 1,064 km. More details to be revealed when the car will make its official debut!

With an overall length measuring 4,987 mm, this new Volkswagen has a total width of 2,015 mm, with height at 1,733 mm. Dubbed as the CrossBlue Concept, this model is painted in what is known as CrossBlue Glass Flake. The widths of the track are now larger with the front at 1,686 mm and the rear at 1,696 mm. This gives it that highly confident stance.

Helping with this impression are the alloy 21-inch wheels, fitted with tires sized 285/45, plus the flared wheel arches. Further highlighting the masculine image of this model are the large wheels, wide and long hood, dynamic proportions, and the dominant track widths. To be able to provide a contrast to the paint on the exterior, the body trim has a stainless steel appearance that goes across the lower section of the SUV’s body.

Created by a design team led by none other than Marc Lichte, the exterior has a long hood that is now more pronounced. Further, this hood has the air inlets of the engine integrated to it. The exterior also reveals a long roof line with an overhang in the front that is short. Looking at its profile, it is clear that it goes slightly up to the rear. Highlighting this visual impression further is the character line which begins at the headlights and goes all the way to the tail lights.

As it does so, it becomes wider. Like what one expects from a Volkswagen, on top of this character line is a line that has been precisely styled and ends the row of side windows. The windows themselves are bordered with a solid frame made of aluminum. On the left side and the right side of the rear body, one can see a “fuel door.” On the driver side, the engineering team made sure to integrate a pair of electrical sockets at the back of the fuel door.

The first socket is the one that is used in order to charge the lithium-ion battery. The second socket can be utilized and connected to various electrical devices like electric coolers, or even light systems used in camping. What this means is that the CrossBlue can serve as an auxiliary electrical generator. Meanwhile, the second fuel door, which is on the passenger side, is where the diesel tank’s filler neck has been placed as well as the SCR reservoir.

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