Volkswagen CrossBlue SUV Concept Revealed

Volkswagen has unveiled a six-seat CrossBlue SUV concept designed specifically for North America at the Detroit Auto Show.

Despite three rows of seats, the CrossBlue sits above the Tiguan, but below the Touareg in the Volkswagen SUV line-up. The production version will seat seven people and is expected to make its debut in the near future with little changes to the exterior design.

The CrossBlue features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 187bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine with an electric motor at each wheel, a DSG transmission for a combined power output of 297bhp. 0-60mph comes in 7.0 seconds and with full batteries average fule economy is an impressive 134mpg. With just the diesel engine powering the front wheels, the fuel economy figure drops to 58mpg. Purely in EV mode it has a range of about 20 miles with speeds up to 75 mph.

When seats are in place there is a cargo area of 335 litres (length 600 mm) behind the third row. When the third row seat is folded, cargo capacity grows to 815 litres and load length to 1,387 mm, figures that increase to nearly 2,000 litres and 2,230 mm with the middle row stowed.

The CrossBlue is based on Volkswagen’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) components set, which also underpins the new Golf.

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