A frugal new hybrid system is the highlight of the updated version of Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe Concept – the compact SUV that serves as a preview to the second-generation Tiguan expected to arrive in 2014. The advanced four-wheel drive is underpinning VW’s lineup at the Geneva Motor Show. This model is fitted with a new plug-in diesel-electric system that VW intends to use in upcoming production models.
VW claims that the drivetrain can provide the updated 4,096-pound Cross Coupe with combined fuel consumption of 131 mpg (U.S.) on the European test cycle. This new hybrid system is the replacement for the gasoline-electric arrangement of the initial Cross Coupe concept, which has a similar aim.
It is partnered to a 187hp variant of Volkswagen's new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder common-rail diesel engine. It uses twin balance shafts and a couple of electric motors. The one up front can deliver 54 hp and when combined with the diesel engine, it provides drive to the front wheels. Meanwhile, the second electric motor integrated at the rear develops 114 hp and drives the rear wheels. A 9.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack placed in the central tunnel is driving the electric motors, which are built in house at Volkswagen's Braunschweig-based r&d center in Germany.
Charging this pack is done by either plugging in, or through a regenerative kinetic energy made on the run or, in range-extender mode, direct from the diesel engine. The latest Cross Coupe has a combined system output of 302 hp and can offer up to 516 lb-ft of torque (of which 295 lb-ft is available from just 1,750 rpm).
It could accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and could reach an electronically limited top speed of 137mph. With a fuel economy rating of 131 mpg, the vehicle can be driven as far as 800 miles in hybrid mode on its 14.5-gallon fuel tank. This is much better than the 105 mpg average of the earlier gasoline-electric Cross Coupe concept.
In terms of dimensions, the Cross Coupe measures 4,357 mm in width, 1,868 mm in width and 1,523 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,630 mm. This means that the Cross Coupé is longer, wider and taller than the VW Golf but is shorter in length and height as well as narrower than the Tiguan. However, its wheelbase is longer than those of the two comparable vehicles, allowing the Cross Coupe to feature shorter overhangs (855 mm on the front, 860 mm at the rear). Furthermore, the Cross Coupe comes with wider tracks that measure 1,585 mm on the front and 1,613 mm on rear, helping accentuate the vehicle’s dynamic looks.
In addition, the VW Cross Coupe features an impressive front approach and rear departure angles of 24.2 degrees and 32.5 degrees, respectively, allowing for a decent off-road drive. In addition, the Cross Coupe is suitable for tackling hilltops, thanks to its ramp angle of 15 degrees.
As its name indicates, the VW Cross Coupe features a coupe silhouette, thanks to its long bonnet, new front end styling, streamlined windows and a rear-biased passenger compartment. In addition, the Cross Coupe is laden with clean yet muscular lines that are accentuated by a large-volume coupé-like C-pillar built over the wheel housings. The VW Cross Coupé rides on 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 265/45 tires.
Meanwhile, the VW Cross Coupe is defined by the so-called 'Volkswagen face,' which has distinctive horizontal lines that serve as a connection between its present and its future. One striking visual feature of the front end of the Cross Coupe is the physical merger of the chrome ribs of the radiator grille and the vehicle’s xenon dual headlights.