Does VW’s updated CrossBlue Coupe hint at production?

Filed under: Diesel, EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, MPG, Volkswagen, LA Auto Show

VW CrossBlue Coupe Concept

After introducing the CrossBlue plug-in hybrid SUV concept at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, Volkswagen showed off the CrossBlue Coupe concept in Shanghai in April. We’re about to get our third CrossBlue sighting at the LA Auto Show next week with an updated, seemingly more production-friendly version of the CrossBlue Coupe.

Originally, the CrossBlue Coupe was powered by the auto show fairy’s magical combination of two electric motors (one on each axle) juiced by a 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery as well as a 295-horsepower, direct-injection, gas V6 (the non-Coupe CrossBlue was first shown with a turbodiesel engine). In Shanghai, the Coupe offered 415 hp, a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 147 miles per hour. With a 21-mile electric-only range and a 79 miles per gallon rating (using the more lenient European combined cycle), the CrossBlue Coupe certainly was impressive.

The CrossBlue’s ‘theoretical range’ has dropped from ‘around 720 miles’ to ‘around 570 miles.’

The updated version of the CrossBlue Coupe we will get to see in California tones some of those things down a notch. The EV range has dropped to 13 miles and the mpg rating is now 70. Horsepower and top speed remain the same. The SUV’s “theoretical range” has dropped from “around 720 miles” to “around 570 miles,” still a bladder-busting amount. As far as we can tell, the visual design hasn’t changed a whit.

The concept offers a helpful variety of drive/powertrain modes: an “offroad” mode that engages the electric motors for all-wheel drive powered by the engine acting as a generator, the aforementioned EV mode that converts the CrossBlue into a RWD electric vehicle, and a charge mode that turns liquid fuel into electricity for the battery pack (helpful in European cities with downtown congestion charges).

The last we heard, a decision on making a production version of the CrossBlue had been delayed until next year. VW is not saying anything different now, but since the CrossBlue Coupe would be built on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, it could use all sorts of fossil-fuel energy device alongside the battery: a four- or six-cylinder engine that would burn gasoline, diesel or CNG. Given these options and the CrossBlue Coupe’s upcoming LA appearance, we won’t be surprised if the company is getting ready to say something more on the production front. For more details, see our gallery above and the official press release below.

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