VW CrossBlue Coupé Plug-in Hybrid Debuts At LA Auto Show

by Zachary Shahan

VW Crossblue Coupé PHEV
VW Crossblue Coupé PHEV. Image by Volkswagen

I still need to get a longer review of the Volkswagen e-Up! posted, but while you wait for that, here’s a bit of news about another plug-in vehicle from Volkswagen (VW): VW’s CrossBlue Coupé plug-in hybrid concept was just debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The CrossBlue Coupé is an SUV concept that has performance attributes of a sports car. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, and it’s top speed is 147 mph (237 km/h).

Meanwhile, the combined fuel economy rating VW comes up with is 70 MPGe. Not bad for an SUV with sports car capabilities!

Electric mode on the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is just 13 miles, but that would cover the huge majority of most people’s trips. With the gasoline backup, the theoretical range comes to 570 miles (917 km).

Here’s more on the nitty gritty gearhead details from Green Car Congress if you’re interested in those:

A turbocharged direct-injection (TSI) V6 gasoline engine works together with two electric motors (40 kW front, 85 kW rear) to produce as much as 415 hp (309 kW). The V6 engine develops 369 lb-ft (500 N·m) of torque from as low as 1800 rpm, a figure that is boosted to 516 lb-ft (700 N·m) when the two electric motors are engaged.

The concept vehicle is based off the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) and could, if it were produced, be fitted with conventional four- and six-cylinder engines running on a variety of fuels such as gasoline, diesel, and CNG.

In this concept car, the following mechanical elements are featured: the MQB front suspension and four-link rear suspension; electro-mechanical MQB steering; a 295-horsepower EA390-series V6 TSI engine; and a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The vehicle’s electrical architecture includes a lithium-ion battery mounted in the center tunnel as well as a pair of electric motors.

Looks like an exciting vehicle. Let’s hope VW manufactures it. That would be a nice addition to the e-Up! and e-Golf.

This article, , is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

Zachary ShahanZachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.


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