Volkswagen unveiled today at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show the Cross Coupe Concept, a vision of an SUV of the future. We must admit that the new car is like a breath of fresh air for us because we were quite bored by the current Volskwagen design language. According to Volkswagen, the design team was led by Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff and although the German manufacturer doesn’t say it, this is its official response to the Bmw X6 (we are still expecting to see the Audi version). The big surprise is under the surprising design as we find three motors in one car. That’s right!
The Vw Cross Coupe Concept has three motors which work together efficiently as a hybrid system. First of all, on the front axle, we find a 110 kW TSI petrol engine delivering maximum torque of 210 Nm and an electric motor with an output of 40 kW and 180 Nm of torque. If the Cross Coupé is to be used in all-wheel drive or pure electric power mode, a further electric motor cuts in. This was integrated as a co-axial drive unit into the rear axle layout. According to Volkswagen, this motor, which drives the rear wheels, delivers up to 85 kW and develops torque of 270 Nm.
This means that the overall output of the system (petrol engine + battery) is a maximum of 195 kW. Thanks to an 8-module lithium ion battery, the car can act like an electric vehicle and it can be driven for up to 45 km on purely electric power. The battery holds 9.8 kWh of energy and is located inside the Cross Coupé’s centre tunnel, i.e. where the drive shaft is found in conventional SUVs.
Meanwhile, the Cross Coupé’s low voltage electrical system is supplied with the necessary 12 volts through a DC/DC converter. . The battery gets charged either via external electricity sources (230-volt connection) or – in motion – via the TSI engine and battery regeneration (both front and rear axles). Regarding the fuel consumption, this is very very low: just 2.7 litres per 100 km.
The TSI engine’s fuel consumption is just 2.7 litres per 100 km, equating to CO2 emissions of only 62 g/km. This means that with a fuel tank capacity of 55 litres the range is in hybrid mode is 815 kilometres.
With the electric range, the Cross Coupé can do 855 km without stopping for fuel. Regarding the performances, the Cross Coupe can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7.0 seconds and has a top speed of 201 km/h. If forward propulsion is being provided solely by the electric motors, the top speed is regulated down to 120 km/h.