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Volkswagen unveils CrossBlue in Shanghai

Concept coupe can travel up to 34 km as an electric vehicle

Published: April 22, 2013, 12:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:15 PM

VW Crossblue concept

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Volkswagen brought the CrossBlue Coupé concept to the Shanghai Auto Show, which opened yesterday in the world's biggest car market.

Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, says: "The disproportionate growth in the SUV segment gives designers the opportunity to implement an even greater diversification of models. The CrossBlue Coupé shows the potential of our Volkswagen design DNA and will undoubtedly have an influence on future SUV models."

The CrossBlue uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain including a turbocharged direct-injection V6 gas engine with two electric motors; together, they produce as much as 415 hp, for a 0-100 km/h time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 147 mph (237 km/h). It manages combined fuel consumption of 3.6 L/100 km in the new European driving cycle. The CrossBlue can be driven as a zero-emissions EV for up to 37 km at a max speed of 120 km/h.

VW says the vehicle could "if produced" be fitted with conventional four- and six-cylinder engines with a variety of fuel sources.

The high-tech interior features a horizontal dashboard graphic that extends into the side door trims. Two-colour configurable ambiet lighting is matched to drive mode: Eco matches the CrossOrange exterior; it switches to red in Sport mode. The company says it all adds up to a "typically masculine SUV statement combined with an urbane ambience."

The five-seater boasts advanced technologies designed to dazzle, with controls coming to life as soon as the door is opened, and switches for climate and headlight control instantly lifting away from the other controls when the Engine (start) button is pressed. All display layouts on the monitors and ambient lighting is also activated. Central is a 10.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment control, which includes proximity sensors and access to the hybrid system status.

The instrument cluster design features analogue gauges underpinned by user-programmable software. A mobile mini-iPad has been integrated in each of the head restraints in the front row so rear-seat passenger can enjoy audio, video, and online programs.