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The CrossBlue concept car

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| Posted January 29th, 2013

The CrossBlue concept car

THE VOLKSWAGEN BRAND’S CROSSBLUE, A SIX-SEATER STUDY OF A NEW SUV GENERATION, MADE ITS WORLD PREMIER AT THE NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW. THE LARGEST CARMAKER IN EUROPE CONCEPTUALIZED THE NEW VERSATILE SUV SPECIFICALLY FOR THE USA AND CANADA.

If it goes into production, the CrossBlue would enrich the Volkswagen model lineup with a seven-seat midsize SUV of the 5.0-meter class.

It features one of the most innovative plug-in hybrid systems ever (TDI Clean Diesel + two E-motors + dual-clutch transmission + “propshaft by wire”). Volkswagen estimates that fuel economy for the four-wheel drive SUV will be 89 MPGe (EPA standard fuel economy equivalent for hybrid vehicles in the USA with full utilization of battery charge; combined Highway and City cycles). Despite this superlative economy, the CrossBlue offers impressive drive system characteristics with a power of 225 kW / 306 PS and up to 700 Newton meters of system torque; the midsize SUV completes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds (0-100 km/h: 7.5 s).

Conceptually, the CrossBlue –mequipped with its six individual seats –mcombines the engine technology and visual impact of an SUV with the spaciousness of a minivan. Its ride comfort makes the CrossBlue an ideal cruiser; its good allround visibility simplifies maneuvering; with ESP, a four-wheel drive system and up to twelve airbags, the concept car would also be a space cruiser of the safest kind.

The SUV can be turned into a zero emissions car either at the press of a button or automatically. When its lithium-ion battery (energy capacity: 9.8 kWh) is fully charged, the CrossBlue can travel a distance of up to 14 miles in all-electric mode based on the US test cycle; in this mode, its top speed is reduced from 127 mph (204 km/h) to 75 mph (120 km/h) to achieve an optimal driving range. In the new European driving cycle (NEDC), the CrossBlue attains an all-electric driving range of 33 km. Important: it is not possible to directly compare driving ranges and fuel economy values of the US and EU driving test cycles to one another, since the tests are configured differently.

FURTHER DEVELOPED VOLKSWAGEN STYLING.

The CrossBlue was designed in Germany under the leadership of Walter de Silva (Head of Design, Volkswagen Group) and Klaus Bischoff (Head of Design, Volkswagen Brand) – but in close coordination with Volkswagen of America. The design effort merged the clean lines of German Volkswagen “design DNA” with the masculine character of an American SUV. This resulted in a very genuine car, which – although it is still a concept car – does not rely on show effects at all, but instead offers a near-production look at a potential new SUV model series from Volkswagen.

tags ( 2013, Volkswagen, VW, CrossBlue, Concept, Vehicle )