Volkswagen CrossBlue Midsize PHEV SUV To Be Built In Tennessee


CrossBlue Powertrain Detail

CrossBlue Powertrain Detail

Volkswagen will soon be one of only a few automakers to manufacture a plug-in vehicle in the U.S.

“The Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group of America has decided to award the production of its new midsize SUV to the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. The Group will be investing a total of approximately US$900 million (€643 million) in the production of the newly developed, seven-passenger SUV, creating 2,000 additional jobs in the US. About US$600 million (€432 million) will be invested in Tennessee.”

The midsize SUV will be based on the CrossBlue, a plug-in hybrid concept developed for North America.

According to Volkswagen, the “plug-in CrossBlue concept offered a manufacturer-estimated 35 mpg (6.72 l/100km) combined (37 mpg highway and 33 mpg city), 89 mpge (2.64 l/100km equivalent) in electric mode, and an all-electric range of up to 14 miles (22.5 km).”

Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen, stated:

“The United States of America is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen. Over the past few years, we have achieved a lot there. We are now launching the second phase of the Volkswagen campaign in the US. With the midsize SUV, the expansion of the Chattanooga plant and the new development center, the focus is on the wishes of the US customer. This is also a strong signal for the US as an industrial and automobile production location. The Volkswagen brand is going on the attack again in America.”

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VW Estimates A 14 Mile Range And 89 MPGe Rating Out of Its AWD SUV

Volkswagen states:

“At Chattanooga, the new SUV will be integrated into existing plant structures. Existing areas in production will be used for the assembly of the midsize SUV. A total floor space of 50,000 m² (approx. 538,000 sq ft) will be added to the existing production facility.”

The midsize plug-in hybrid SUV is expected to launch sometime in 2016.

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‘According to Volkswagen, the “plug-in CrossBlue concept offered a manufacturer-estimated 35 mpg (6.72 l/100km) combined (37 mpg highway and 33 mpg city), 89 mpge (2.64 l/100km equivalent) in electric mode, and an all-electric range of up to 14 miles (22.5 km).”’

Cue AER complaints!
C’mon, that is good mpg for a vehicle like this!

You know me too well!
But c’mon really? 14 mile AER?
Is this the Toyota Cross Blue? Or will it be built in 2007?

It’s exciting to get more entrants into the space though. VW has some big fans and if priced right could capture people who want an SUV but dont like Mitsubishi and dont want to pay for the Porsche or Tesla.

I just hope Mitsubishi doesn’t see this and drop the AER on the American version to keep costs down.

Its interesting to me that the OEMs have been sticking with traditional designs for their SUV and CUV offerings (except the X) whereas they tended to make bold (but risky) moves in the compact space.

This is a much bigger and heavier car than the Outlander.

VW seems to be sticking the same size battery into their cars no matter how much they weigh, so this is probably the same 9.7kwh unit as in the much lighter Golf GTE.

They are probably determined to keep the price as competitive as possible:

‘Some reports say several engine options will be offered, including a PHEV setup. We believe VW will indeed offer a PHEV version, but perhaps not from the get go.

When CrossBlue enters production, it’ll get a name change, though VW is not yet willing to tell us what the SUV will be called.

Additionally, the platform that underpins the CrossBlue concept will be the basis for the next-gen Tiguan, which to us hints that the Tiguan may get the PHEV treatment too.

The VW CrossBlue is expected to have a base price of as low as $32,000 US, though we’re certain that the PHEV version will cost significantly more.’

VW PHEV battery size on Golf GTE in EU is 8.7kWh and in Passat GTE IT is 9.9kWh lithium ion battery. Not same size probably due to both cars manage 50km electric drivingrange on the EU test cycle.

I knew they were all similar and assumed they were identical.

Hitting the 50km AER makes sense where it is possible.

This is too much of a stretch at current battery prices and energy densities with this size and weight of car.

I get the humor, but part of it is actual despair that (in the US) this (MHO) Very attractive, capable SUV could be a Huge seller (likely will be a good seller) if VW was willing to further define 50mi as the target EV ability. As said So Many times, how about that OPtion if cost is the big issue?

just following my cue..

 (37 mpg highway and 33 mpg city),

Is this the ICE alone or a blended mpg wuth the electric? Because the best ICE SUV today is the Subaru Crosstrek at 29/33 mpg. So 33/37 would be amazing especially since the VW id bigger.

And I think the VW gets better MPGe than the RAV4 EV

‘According to Volkswagen, the “plug-in CrossBlue concept offered a manufacturer-estimated 35 mpg (6.72 l/100km) combined (37 mpg highway and 33 mpg city), 89 mpge (2.64 l/100km equivalent) in electric mode, and an all-electric range of up to 14 miles (22.5 km).” (above)

So that would be with the electric bit just operating in the same way as a normal hybrid, ie not counting the full electric mode.

Taken at face value, yes, 89 MPGe is greater than 76 MPGe. However, we don’t know what the actual EPA MPGe will be on the CrossBlue. The VW will have the benefit of a multi-speed transmission between the engine and the wheels, so that would help the efficiency a little.

My commute is 7 miles each way. I need more than 5 seats. If the price is right I’m very interested. I would still prefer at least 20 mile aer


20 miles AER shoukd be the bare minimum for any PHEV.


For some people this is sufficient, so why should they invariably have to pay for people who would prefer more?

Although the option of more would certainly be nice, and hopefully will come with better batteries, whenever that happens! 🙂

It’s all about marketing. It’s hard enough to convince people that 20 miles is useful. Most average people I talk to about my Volt don’t even think 40 miles is useful until I explain to them better how it gets used.

Its just me being grumpy, David!
Some folk, especially in Europe, do need much less range than some with long commutes though.

Looks like a nice offering.

So it’s an electric axle in the back and conventional FWD ICE set up in the front?

‘The CrossBlue features a highly innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain that mates a TDI® Clean Diesel engine with two electric motors, a DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, and an electric all-wheel-drive system that is dubbed “propshaft by wire.” Volkswagen’s manufacturer estimated fuel economy rating is 89 mpge combined in electric mode and 35 mpg as a hybrid. As well as offering excellent economy for a mid-size crossover SUV, the CrossBlue has impressive performance from a powertrain that produces up to 305 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque: 0 to 60 mph is estimated to take just 7.2 seconds.

The CrossBlue runs in zero emissions mode either at the press of a button or automatically. With a fully charged 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery, the CrossBlue can travel a distance of 14 miles in all-electric mode; to achieve optimal driving range, the top speed is reduced from 127 mph to 75 mph. The overall driving range is 661 miles if the 18.5-gallon fuel tank is filled with ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel.’

Surely it won’t be diesel for the US?
I thought pumps were comparatively rare there?

Thx for the link David.

I did find another link that said one electric motor was in the back and the other in the front.

I’m just guessing but I bet the motor in the front is sandwiched between the ICE and the transaxle…but not sure. I couldn’t find a cutaway.

Cutaway showing the two motors here George:

Presumably it will be the 6 pot TSI for the states, and the diesel for Europe, if I am right and that most places in the US don’t have many diesel pumps?

I find it a bit odd though that they are only apparently giving one mpg rating, as presumably the diesel will do better than the petrol version.

‘To attract the US market where this crossover is presented, its plug-in hybrid gasoline powertrain offers 415hp for a 0 to 100kph in 5.8seconds and a consumption figure of 70mpg (3.4l/100km )!’


Sorry, those acceleration figures are for the Coupe version.

Diesel is not a problem in the US. Approx 25% of all VW sold in the US are diesel. I have a diesel Passat and love it. I am only interested in the Crossblue if it is diesel. I am assuming the good mpg numbers are for diesel, not gasoline.

Looks fantastic! I would love to see this with a range similar to the LEAF.

IMHO the first manufacturer to give us a van/SUV PHEV with 75 mile AER will make plugins mainstream.

Maybe not 75 mile AER, but a 20kWh battery is more like it. Even with a vehicle this size, the 1.4 liter TSI engine going in the Golf GTE and A3 PHEV would be sufficient to keep the vehicle going over long distances and up big grades. Just don’t take control away from the driver like the US version of the i3.

You are unlikely to get an RE on this class of vehicle.

They are often used for towing, or at least customers want the facility to be able to tow, and you need a full blown ICE for that.

Great! Another POS SUV with $1200 worth of tires, ready to attract those who don’t want to bother seeing those other cars they just pulled out in front of.

This arms race of size and aggressive road domination has to stop.

14 mile AER. lol. Oh well, it’s a start.

I don’t think that it’s possible for VW to roll out this vehicle more slowly than it has. Revealed in 2013 for a LATE 2016 delivery to the market?!?

Looks like Volvo will eat VW’s lunch when it rolls out the all new 2016 7 passenger XC90 in SPRING 2015. If they also put a diesel in it, VW will need to practically give its car away.

Looks like I’ll be buying a Volvo this spring. I waited and waited for VW to get its act together…