Volkswagen CrossBlue Mid-Size SUV Concept Makes Global Debut at the
North American International Auto Show
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY and DETROIT, MI -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/13 --
-- Six-seater mid-size SUV concept designed specifically for North
-- Innovative diesel-electric plug-in-hybrid powertrain offers
manufacturer estimated fuel economy rating of 35 mpg combined, 89 mpge
in electric mode
-- Concept is built off the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) components
-- Range in all-electric mode is up to 14 miles
-- 305 horsepower; 516 pound-feet of torque; 0 to 60 mph estimated at 7.2
-- Sophisticated, spacious, flexible, and elegant interior space
-- Exterior is a marriage of clean, timeless Volkswagen design language
with the masculine character of an American SUV
The versatile CrossBlue SUV concept that is making its global debut at
the North American International Auto Show was developed specifically
for the U.S. and Canada. If it goes into production, the CrossBlue
would flesh out the Volkswagen SUV lineup with a seven-seat midsize
crossover that slots in above the Tiguan and below the premium
The CrossBlue features a highly innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain
that mates a TDI(R) Clean Diesel engine with two electric motors, a
DSG(R) dual-clutch automatic transmission, and an electric
all-wheel-drive system that is dubbed "propshaft by wire."
Volkswagen's manufacturer estimated fuel economy rating is 89 mpge
combined in electric mode and 35 mpg as a hybrid. As well as offering
excellent economy for a mid-size crossover SUV, the CrossBlue has
impressive performance from a powertrain that produces up to 305
horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque: 0 to 60 mph is estimated to
take just 7.2 seconds.
The CrossBlue runs in zero emissions mode either at the press of a
button or automatically. With a fully charged 9.8kWh lithium-ion
battery, the CrossBlue can travel a distance of 14 miles in
all-electric mode; to achieve optimal driving range, the top speed is
reduced from 127 mph to 75 mph. The overall driving range is 661
miles if the 18.5-gallon fuel tank is filled with ultra-low-sulfur
The CrossBlue concept, which boasts six individual seats, combines
the visual impact of a
n SUV with the spaciousness and flexibility of
a minivan. With a comfortable highway ride, good all-around
visibility, and a full raft of safety features that includes up to 12
airbags, the concept car is a spacious and safe cruiser.
The CrossBlue was designed in Germany under the leadership of Walter
de Silva (Head of Design, Volkswagen Group) and Klaus Bischoff (Head
of Design, Volkswagen Brand), in close coordination with Volkswagen
of America. The vehicle merges the clean lines of German Volkswagen
design DNA with the masculine character of an American SUV. This
results in a very realistic vehicle that eschews showcar gaudiness to
give a glimpse at a potential new Volkswagen SUV.
"The CrossBlue concept is exactly the right type of vehicle for the
U.S. market," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen
Group of America. "It combines a truly versatile interior layout with
sophisticated Volkswagen design, to give a unique and supremely
stylish offering in this segment. Moreover, the vehicle showcases our
innovative German powertrain engineering and the bandwidth of the new
Painted in "CrossBlue Glass Flake", the concept is 196.3 inches long,
79.3 inches wide, and 68.2 inches high. It assumes a very confident
stance on the road thanks to wide front and rear tracks of 66.4 and
66.8 inches respectively, 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels shod with
235/45 tires, and significantly flared wheelarches.
The interior is a key part of any crossover utility vehicle and the
CrossBlue's is ultra-stylish, luxurious, and versatile. The concept
car has six individual seats in three rows: in a production version,
the second row would have the option of three seats to make it a full
seven seater. Although the third row features stadium-style seating,
which children will appreciate, headroom is excellent throughout the
vehicle: 42.4 inches up front, 40.2 inches in the middle, and 37.6
inches in the rear. Legroom is ample, too, with 37.3 inches in the
second row and 36.1 inches in the third row. Convenient access to the
rear seats is assured by sliding second-row seats that can be managed
with a single hand movement.
The CrossBlue is based on Volkswagen's new Modular Transverse Matrix
(MQB) components set. This vehicle brings together MQB elements that
could underpin a future generation of SUVs, such as the front and
rear suspensions, the 190-horsepower TDI Clean Diesel engine from the
new EA288 family, and a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic
transmission. These components are combined with electrical parts
that are also "made by Volkswagen," such as the lithium-ion battery
in the center tunnel and the 54-hp front and 114-hp rear electric
motors. The combined power output of 305 hp is impressive enough, but
the torque characteristics are amazing. The TDI Clean Diesel engine
makes 295 lb-ft from just 1750 rpm, while the electric motors produce
their torque -- 133 lb-ft at the front wheels and 199 lb-ft at the
rear -- immediately. Combined, the system can produce up to 516
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of
America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a
subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and
development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution
centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service
centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest
producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker.
Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R,
GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan
vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.
This press release and images of the CrossBlue concept are
available at media.vw.com.
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Where stated, fuel economy values are forecast manufacturer values
for the USA.
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