Volkswagen Brings Sports SUV Plug-In Hybrid To Tokyo
Smaller than a Tiguan but bigger than a Golf, it’s the first concept car to use the group’s new modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, set to underpin the next generation of cars including the new Golf. This is designed to allow multiple different drivetrain and suspension setups within the same set of components.
The Cross Coupe uses two electric motors, with 53bhp at the front wheels and 114bhp at the rear, to give an all-electric range of just under 30 miles with a top speed of 75mph. Because the rear wheels are only driven by an electric motor, the transmission tunnel houses the car’s lithium ion batteries instead of a driveshaft.
In addition to the electric motors, Volkswagen has fitted a 184bhp TSI turbocharged petrol engine which can act as a generator for the batteries and offers a combined 261bhp for heavy acceleration. This allows the Cross Coupe to pass 62mph in around seven seconds on the way to 125mph, yet returns 104.6mpg on the combined NEDC driving cycle and emits 62g/km CO2.
The Cross Coupe seats four and features a dashboard display which can be tailored to suit its three driving modes – city, sport and offroad. And it is designed to venture off-road, with wide track, low overhangs and high ground clearance.
Though unlikely to go into full production, the Cross Coupe hints at new technology in the pipeline at Volkswagen and previews an updated family design language for the brand.