Volkswagen introduces revised Cross Coupe at Geneva Motor Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Volkswagen's first Cross Coupe concept debuted back in December at the Tokyo Motor Show and featured a TSI turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine and two electric motors. Now, Volkswagen has revised the Cross Coupe's powertrain by outfitting it with a TDI turbodiesel direct-injection engine and two electric motors. While this is essentially a change in the type of engine that powers the concept vehicle, Volkswagen claims the new Cross Coupe is the world's most efficient sport utility vehicle.
The new Cross Coupe's powertrain is comprised of several key components: The conventional portion of the drivetrain is a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that generates 187 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a 6-speed, dual-clutch Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission. An electric motor on the front axle provides 53 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque while the other electric motor over the rear axle yields 113 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. A 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery located in the central tunnel of the Cross Coupe supplies energy to both electric motors.

With 301 horsepower and a whopping 516 pound-feet of torque available from the unique powertrain, the new Cross Coupe will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of 220 km/h. Additionally, when all of the Cross Coupe's energy reserves are utilized, the combined fuel consumption is claimed to be 1.8 L/100 km (based on the New European Driving Cycle). With its 55 litre fuel tank, Volkswagen says the diesel Cross Coupe has a theoretical driving range of 1,287 km.

In addition to operating with all components of its powertrain, the Cross Coupe can also run exclusively on electric power. A driving range of 45 km can be achieved in electric mode, with a top speed reduced to 120 km/h. Drivers can even choose between EV-City and EV-Sport electric modes, which make use of either the rear-mounted electric motor or both electric motors respectively. In all, the Cross Coupe offers five different driving modes: City for minimal fuel consumption, Sport for dynamic performance, Offroad for continuous all-wheel- drive, Charge for charging the battery with the TDI engine, plus the aforementioned EV mode which includes EV-City and EV-Sport.

Like the previous Cross Coupe, the new version is a broad and muscular concept. The Cross Coupe sits on 20-inch wheels and sports dual xenon headlights and LED fog lights, while at the back there's a dual exhaust and subtle rear spoiler. Inside, there's seating available for four occupants with a red and white colour scheme throughout the cabin. The Cross Coupe also features a touchscreen display, 3D offroad view and programmable instrumentation.

While it's interesting that Volkswagen has introduced another version of its Cross Coupe, concept, the unique sport utility still remains a concept vehicle. That said, the technology displayed in this second iteration of the Cross Coupe could easily go into production in the near future. The diesel Cross Coupe concept makes it's world debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show.
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Topics: Crossover, Volkswagen, 2012, Cross Coupe Concept, Diesel, Hybrid,

Organizations: Volkswagen

Geographic location: Geneva

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