The Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid Concept has been unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The sporty CrossBlue concept coupe is based on the new modular transverse matrix (MQB) architecture and features a plug-in V6 petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain.
Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid Concept is a sleek machineThe sporty CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid Concept is fitted with a fuel efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain, a turbocharged direct injection (TSI) V6 petrol engine that works together with two electric motors to produce around 305kw of power. It accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, and its maximum speed is 236 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 3.0-litres/100km.
Even in hybrid mode (sub-cycle with discharged battery powered by just the TSI drive), the SUV consumes just 6.9-litres/100 km of fuel. This value enables a theoretical range of around 1190km, with a fuel tank capacity of 80 litres before the car needs to be refuelled.
Exterior Design Features
The CrossBlue concept coupe features a long and broad hood, a very short overhang and a long roofline. The dynamic exterior design is further improved by a short A-pillar, a swept back C-pillar and a distinctive character line. To balance the dimensions of the body, the concept is fitted with large 22-inch wheels, wheel-arches with dark plastic protections and five V-shaped dual spokes in matte finish on their inner surfaces.
The doors open wide for optimal entry and egress and extend down into the sill area. 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 on the left side.
The front end incorporates a 3D look with free standing LED headlights; an LED light signature and radiator grille trim which consists of two polished aluminium struts and VW logo extending into the headlights. The entire grille is surrounded by a high-gloss black frame.
Additional key element designs include LED rear lights also in a 3D look, skidplates integrated into this anthracite-coloured piece and prominent tailpipes designed in stainless steel.
Interior Design Features
The elegant and clean interior features a horizontal dashboard graphic that extends into the side door trims. Sophisticated materials such as velvety soft Nappa leather in ‘Anthracite Pearl and Asphalto’ are used throughout the interior. The roof pillars and headliner are decorated in Graphite Alcantara colour.
Additionally, the CrossBlue Concept is fitted with five seats upholstered in elegant Nappa leather, with the rear bench seat offering fore-and-aft adjustment, three backrest positions, and folds in a two- thirds/one-third style.
The central 10.1-inch touchscreen is used to control all the infotainment and entertainment functions. The programmable instrument cluster is designed with analogue gauges, and a centre dial used to access functions such as gear selection, driving range, date and time, and navigation functionalities. The head restraints of the first seating row feature a mobile mini iPad so that rear passengers can fully enjoy the audio, video and online programs.
“The disproportion growth in the SUV segment gives the designers the opportunity to implement an even greater diversification of models. The CrossBlue Coupe shows the potential of our Volkswagen design DNA and will undoubtedly have an influence on future SUV models." said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand.