CrossBlue Coupe Side Shot
Several images of the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept surfaced online following the leak yesterday and the VW folks kindly filled us in on the details that set the CrossBlue Coupe apart from the rest of the 5-seat crossover crowd.
First, VW says the CrossBlue Coupe is purely a concept right now, but since it's built on the MQB platform, which underpins several production vehicles in the VW/Audi stable, going from concept to production would be accomplished with relative ease if VW ever decides to green light the visually stunning CrossBlue Coupe.
If it enters production, then here's what to expect of the CrossBlue Coupe: it's a five-door crossover with a sporty front fascia, LED headlights, a bulging ventilated hood, some plastic body cladding and matte aluminum trim. out back there's a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a dual exhaust system integrated into the bumper.
On the inside, the five-seat CrossBlue Coupe features leather seats, metallic trim and gloss black accents. There's a digital instrument cluster, an infotainment system and rear-seat entertainment.
Under the bonnet is where it gets interesting. The CrossBlue Coupe is powered by a modified version (CrossBlue Coupe uses a gas engine, not diesel as in the CrossBlue) of the setup featured in the production-bound 7-seat CrossBlue. Power for the CrossBlue Coupe will come from a turbocharged gasoline V6 engine, supported by two electric motors. Combined maximum output is 415 hp and torque is listed at 516 pound-feet. VW says the CrossBlue Coupe sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds and top speed is 146 mph.
In terms of fuel efficiency, VW claims the plug-in CrossBlue Coupe returns a combined fuel economy rating of 3 liters per 100 km, or 78.4 mpg in US gallons real money. Total range for the CrossBlue Coupe is listed at 740 miles, while electric-only range is up to 20.5 miles courtesy of a 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
We believe the CrossBlue Coupe will enter production as the replacement for the aging VW Tiguan, which is due for replacement in 2014.
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