Volkswagen is unveiling the CrossBlue Coupe Concept at the Shanghai Auto Show, the second crossover concept the company has shown this auto show season. With 415 horsepower, Volkswagen says this plug-in hybrid concept would be capable of 79 mpg and could travel up to 21 miles on a full charge. This SUV shows a glimpse of the future of Volkswagen SUVs, with a powertrain that is both sporty and fuel-efficient. The turbocharged V-6 engine works in unison with two electric motors, giving the concept the ability to go from 0 to 62 in 5.9 seconds. The top speed hits 147 mph, with a top range of 720 miles. Even when running purely with the gasoline engine, the CrossBlue Coupe concept has an average mpg of 34.1. If produced, conventional four- and six-cylinder engines could make their way under the hood, as well as pure gas, diesel, and CNG engines.
Who It’s For
For those seeking a mid-size SUV that is both sporty and eco-friendly can enjoy all that the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept has to offer. The concept stands out with its distinctive character line, short A-pillar, and swept back C-pillar. Added to the 22-inch aluminum alloy wheels featuring a new design with V-shaped dual spokes, this concept SUV shines. Inside is an elegant and clean interior with soft Nappa leather in “Anthracite Pearl” and “Asphalto.” Two-color ambient lighting matches the different drive modes of the vehicle, giving the CrossBlue another level of customization.
With all the technology and other features it has to offer, the CrossBlue Coupe Concept will be turning heads during the show. Below are some features we thought stood out:
- Drive Modes: Eco, Sport, Offroad, Charge, EV
- Mobile iPad Mini in the head restraints of the front seats
- Volkswagen AG’s Modular Transverse Matrix
What We Think
Along with the CrossBlue Concept from the Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen is giving us a glimpse at its next-generation of crossover SUVs. If the seven-passenger concept from Detroit is the next Touareg, then this would logically be the next Tiguan. Of course, both could represent all-new entries in the segment. Regardless, both look great, and we particularly like the low-roof look of the Coupe concept, even if the word “coupe” is sorely misused here. Hybrid vehicles are on the rise and with the edition of a mid-size SUV in the game, Volkswagen is on the right path. It gets great fuel economy for a vehicle its size, and although this is only a concept, the production-ready version hopefully won’t change too drastically.