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Old 04-19-2013, 01:14 PM
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Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupé Concept 2013

NEW VOLKSWAGEN SUV CONCEPT MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT SHANGHAI SHOW
19/04/13

Visitors to the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show will get a glimpse of the future design direction of Volkswagen SUVs, in the shape of the CrossBlue Coupé, which makes its debut there this week.

The five-seat CrossBlue Coupé is 4,889 mm long, 2,015 mm wide and just 1,679 mm high: dimensions that give it a low-profile, wide appearance (for comparison, Touareg: 4,795 / 1,940 / 1,732). Factor in the wide track (1,709 mm front, 1,726 mm rear), 2,980 mm wheelbase (Touareg 2,893) and 22-inch alloy wheels (with 285/44 tyres) and you have a car with a distinctively muscular and sporty appearance.

At the front, the radiator grille trim – consisting of two polished aluminium struts and the VW logo – is a 3D element extending into the headlights. The lateral ends of the upper strut are used for the daytime running lights, creating a distinctive light signature.

Along the side – under the steeply raked C-pillars – the ports for the fuel tank and battery were uniformly integrated into the design of the CrossBlue Coupé. As is usual with Volkswagen, the fuel filler neck is located under a lid on the right side of the vehicle, while the cover for the electrical outlet is located symmetrically on the left side. It consists of one socket for charging the high-voltage battery and another for connecting electric devices; this interface (16 A, 230 V) makes the CrossBlue Coupé a generator, too.

The prominent tailpipes are designed in stainless steel, and are integrated into a polished aluminium trim panel that runs horizontally along the back of the coupé. Beneath this is a rugged anthracite-coloured area, in which a stainless steel underbody protection panel has been designed, like at the front end. The boot lid opens and closes electrically, revealing a load space that can hold up to 1,101 litres of luggage (or 537 litres with all seats upright).

As well showcasing the future for Volkswagen design, the CrossBlue Coupé also highlights future drivetrain possibilities, in this case a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a V6 turbocharged direct injection petrol engine and two electric motors (40 kW front and 85 kW rear), together producing up to 415 PS (305 kW). Via a six-speed DSG gearbox, that power enables this 4,889 mm-long SUV to accelerate like a sports car: zero to 62 mph takes a mere 5.9 seconds, and the top speed is 146 mph. Even with this level of performance, fuel economy is impressive with a combined cycle figure of 3.0 l/100 km, or 94.1 mpg. In hybrid mode, with a depleted battery powered by the TSI engine, the CrossBlue Coupé returns 6.9 l/100 km (40.9 mpg). This efficiency gives the CrossBlue Coupé, with its 80-litre fuel tank, a theoretical range of 1,190 km (740 miles).

The CrossBlue Coupé is based on Volkswagen’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) components set. This would give any production version a large amount of flexibility when it comes to potential power: conventional drive systems with four- or six-cylinder engines could also be used, configured for a variety of fuels (petrol, diesel, CNG).

Key facts
  • Five-seat SUV concept
  • Innovative petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain offers fuel economy of
  • 3.0 l/100 km (94.1 mpg)
  • Concept is built using the MQB Modular Transverse Matrix components set
  • Range in all-electric mode is 20 miles
  • 415 PS; 700 Nm (516 lbs ft); 0 to 60 mph estimated at 5.9 seconds
  • Dimensions: length 4,889; width 2,015 mm; height 1,679 mm;
  • track widths: front/rear 1,709 mm/1,726 mm
  • Unladen weight: 2,220 kg (concept car with battery system)
  • Drive units / power / transmission: V6 TSI 220 kW; E-motors: front 40 kW, rear 85 kW; system power (TSI + battery) 305 kW; 6-speed DSG
  • Battery: eight lithium ion modules; energy capacity 9.8 kWh
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:18 PM
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This hints to a new Tiguan, it even has the almost the same colour as the 2006 concept
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Not bad, if it's not the new Tiguan though, I am hoping it doesn't get marketed in the same vein as the CLS and VW CC...they seem incredibly pretentious to me. Otherwise looks like a pretty nice little hatch.

Also, a comment on the hybridiszation....good thing it's got plugin capabilities. If it didn't, the ability to so easily run all-electric can actually damage its fuel economy capabilities (this is happening on the Ford C-Max hybrids here). With the plugin capability, though, that makes it plausible to make short runs in-town and simply charge it back up when you get home. Not sure why all hybrids haven't always had plug-in capabilities...
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This is far larger than the Tiguan, isn't it?

Also, has the new transverse-engined platform been designed with V6 engines in mind or is it just PR claptrap?
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I presume it does V6s.. would make sense for scaling the Audis up I guess.
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But Audis larger than the Q3/A3 use a longitudinal engine platform, so scaling up the MQB would be pointless, wouldn't it?

Unless the next A4 uses this platform...
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It seems reasonable to assume it would.. might as well scale it up to the A8 now!
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It seems reasonable to assume it would.. might as well scale it up to the A8 now!
An Audi without the engine in front of the headlamps?

Oh no! That's the end of the world as we know it!

In other, somehwat related news...

Industry Analysts Suggest VWs MQB Platform is Overhyped - Carscoops
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