Volkswagen Crossblue Coupe revealed

 
  • SUV concept car at Shanghai motor show
  • Powered by a plug-in hybrid system
  • Indicates styling for next Tiguan and Touareg
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This is the Volkswagen Crossblue Coupe SUV concept car that will be on display at the Shanghai motor show tomorrow.

The VW Crossblue Coupe is a Touareg-sized, five-seat SUV that is powered by a plug-in hybrid system and built on the company's new MQB chassis technology, like the latest Golf.

A V6 turbocharged petrol engine is combined with two electric motors to put out 409bhp, sending the Crossblue from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 147mph. It's also capable of a theoretical 94mpg and can drive on battery power for 20 miles at up to 70mph.

The petrol engine drives the front wheels, while a battery powers the rear axle to give optional four-wheel drive.

The Crossblue's exterior styling is sportier than any current Volkswagen SUV's, while the interior gives clear clues to the company's next generation of cabins. A large touch-screen controls most of the major functions and drivers can also choose what information is displayed by the instrument cluster.

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There are no plans to put the Crossblue into production, but senior VW sources have admitted to What Car? that it gives a clear nod to the look of the next Tiguan and Touareg, both of which will go on sale in 2015. They also have the option of a plug-in hybrid system for both cars.

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The company also plans to make a sportier, lower version of the Tiguan, which will use Golf mechanicals and be a rival to the Range Rover Evoque. An Up-based SUV was also previewed at the Sao Paolo motor show last year.

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By Chas Hallett
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