Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept was unveiled at 2013 Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show), the promoter of a future production model, positioned between Tiguan and Touareg, with 7 seats as standard.
The Germans takes advantage of this year’s edition of the Detroit Auto Show to introduce the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept, predicted since two years ago by the automotive media. The concept anticipates a future production model positioned between Tiguan and Touareg who will be able to carry up to seven passengers.
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept photo gallery – Detroit Auto Show 2013 Live
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept – Design & Engine
Specifically designed for the North American market, especially for U.S. and Canada, CrossBlue was developed based on the MQB modular platform, increasingly popular in the Volkswagen group models range.
Although the Germans placed their new product between their other two SUVs, the concept proposes atypical sizes for CrossBlue, as the model is designed for the intermediary segment. That’s because the new concept is even longer than the Touareg, which measures 15 feet 7 in (4795 mm) in length. CrossBlue’s length is 16 feet 4 in (4986 mm), width 6 feet 6 in (2014 mm) and it reaches 5 feet 7 in (1732 mm) in height.
Although Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept comes with a 2 +2 +2 seating configuration, providing a total of only 6 seats, VW claims that the production version will have 7 seats. Based on this statement, several sources are even talking about a 7-seater version of the current Touareg.
The new Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept uses the services of a hybrid drivetrain, 2.0-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with two electric motors (one of 54 HP, positioned on the front, and one of 114 HP, located on the rear axle) for a combined output of 305 horsepower and a ludicrous 516 pound-feet of torque (700 Nm).
The propulsion assembly is completed by a lithium-ion battery of 9.8 kWh, a 6-speed DSG transmission and an AWD. When the battery is fully charged, it can provide a pure electric propulsion over a distance of 14 miles (22 kilometers) at up to 75 mph (120 km/h). However, the full autonomy reaches 661 miles (1064 km). Once the diesel four kicks in, the drivetrain can yield up to 39 mpg, though Volkswagen says the hardware can hit 89 MPGe on a full charge thanks to a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 127 mph (204 km/h).
“The CrossBlue concept is exactly the right type of vehicle for the U.S. market,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “It combines a truly versatile interior layout with sophisticated Volkswagen design, to give a unique and supremely stylish offering in this segment. Moreover, the vehicle showcases our innovative German powertrain engineering and the bandwidth of the new MQB architecture.”
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Video
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept at NAIAS 2013 via Volkswagen