Volkswagen CrossBlue Plug-In Hybrid Concept Gets US Debut at LA Motor Show


Volkswagen’s CrossBlue plug-in hybrid concept looks to be bound for production.  Though it’s still called a concept, the vehicle seen here looks ready to go.

VW CrossBlue

VW CrossBlue

Making its US debut at the 2013 LA Motor Show, VW officially says that the CrossBlue PHEV is targeted directly at US buyers who, as we all know, adore SUV-ish crossovers.

Here are the latest specs on the CrossBlue that took to the stage in LA:

CorssBlue Interior

CorssBlue Interior

  • Five-seat SUV concept is based off the new MQB architecture and features a plug-in V6 gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain
  • Concept features dramatic new interpretation of Volkswagen design DNA
  • 415-horsepower gasoline-hybrid concept is capable of 70 MPGe
  • The vehicle can travel up to 13 miles as an EV at speeds of up to 75 mph
  • Top speed of 147 mph; 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds
  • Turbocharged direct-injection (TSI) V6 gasoline engine works together with two electric motors to produce as much as 415 horsepower
  • In hybrid mode, it allows for a theoretical range of around 570 miles

The concept vehicle is based off VW’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, which is highly adaptable and can support several engine options, including both pure BEV and PHEV setups.

We firmly believe VW will green light the CrossBlue (perhaps under a different name) soon, so stay tuned for more on this one.

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9 Comments on "Volkswagen CrossBlue Plug-In Hybrid Concept Gets US Debut at LA Motor Show"

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I like it, but I would prefer a 4 cylinder DI Turbo w/ 25 Mile AER. Move it just a shade further in the electric direction and you have a winner.

Oh yeah, and you need to price it starting at ~$40k before incentives.

I agree. With only 13 miles AER, I could get to work on electric only but the gas would have to kick in for the drive home. I would like to be able to do the work commute at least on all electricity. I don’t mind if gas engine has to kick in after that.

“The vehicle can travel up to 13 miles as an EV”

Anyone else sick of all these plug ins with severely limited EV range?

Give me a midsize pure SUV/Crossover BEV with minimum 150 EV miles. Then I’ll be happy.

Tesla Model X is coming for you.

I still think there would be a huge market for an CUV/SUV with 20 – 40 mile AER and a sticker price starting ~$40k. I am still dumbfounded that Chevy has not put this on the road yet.

Even will all of the delays the Mitsubishi Outlander will be the first to market in Q1 2015. I am guessing it will be the severely supply limited situation of most roll outs and they will only manage to sell 10k of them that year.

On the other hand, I think Chevy could outsell the Volt with an Voltec SUV, even if it was priced $5k – $10k more. People will pay money for the extra utility.

The RAV4EV has a range of 143miles at 65mph. Still needs a quick charger though.

Beautiful design

This is nice looking in my opinion. I would welcome it even with the small All Electric Range. It reminds me of the new concept Ford Edge that was just shown at the LA Auto Show. I just wish Ford would get some inspiration from VW in this model, and bring out a PHEV Edge.

I agree with others here, Americans love SUV’s
first mfr to market with a Plug in Hybrid SUV with a decent ev range and good styling and cargo capacity will sell very well if its priced right.
Latley that seems a lot to ask of mfrs, they are always missing the mark on at least 1 or 2 of those requirements.
Styling has been horible, low power hybrids, too much engine not enough battery, no plug.
GM could do it with Volt technology. How about a cleaned up Terrain Voltec GM?