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Volkswagen CrossBlue concept unveiled in Detroit
Built on Volkswagen’s MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix or Modularer Querbaukasten in German), the latest the CrossBlue concept SUV has been designed for the US and Canadian markets. As expected, t is slotted between the Touareg luxury SUV and the new Tiguan compact SUV, which means that it could fare well in SUV crazy India as well.
However, there is more to it than meets the eye. As the name suggests, the CrossBlue concept is a hybrid that combines a lithium ion battery pack and a diesel engine to provide power to all four wheels via a six-speed double clutch DSG gearbox. A switch on the centre console regulates the choice of powertrain. It has a combined driving range of 1057km!
The TDI diesel makes 190PS of power and 400Nm of torque and drives the front axle only. The two electric motors that drive the front and rear axles develop 54PS and 115PS of power respectively. With both powertrains combined, there’s 305PS of power and an impressive 700Nm of torque on tap. VW claims an impressive mileage of 41.61kmpl and in electric it can travel 33km. The 0-100km/h is dealt with in a little over 7 seconds and top speed is pegged at 205km/h in diesel mode and 120km/h in electric mode.
The fuel filler lid is on the left side and on the right side are two electrical sockets, one for charging the battery and the other to power electrical devices.
Designed by Walter de Silva (Head of Design, Volkswagen Group) and Klaus Bischoff (Head of Design, Volkswagen Brand) in close co-operation with Volkswagen of America, the CrossBlue sports a typical American SUV look with straight and simple lines and angular curves. It is painted in ‘CrossBlue Glass Flake’ and has a contrasting stainless steel trim all around the lower section.