More exciting news comes from this week’s Tokyo Motor Show, reports Automotive News. Volkswagen gave the world a preview of its second-generation Tiguan crossover, a four-wheel-drive hybrid concept called the Volkswagen Cross Coupe.
Cross Coupe leads way for future VW SUVs
Based upon VW’s Modularer Querbaukasten (Modular Transverse Matrix or MQB) car platform, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe is described as a combination of a four-door car and a compact SUV. This new design will be used in all of Volkswagen’s upcoming SUVs, said sources close to VW design supervisor Walter de’Silva. That will include the next Tiguan model that will be released next the end of 2014, according to Automotive News.
Bolder Cross Coupe with Audi interior style
Expert consensus is that the Cross Coupe will include choice of two different wheelbase lengths, the longer at 171 inches long and 73.5 inches wide, providing space for a third row of seats.
“We won’t rule out the possibility of adding a sportier SUV to the Volkswagen lineup at some time. But the main message with the Cross Coupe is its styling, which stands for the future of SUV design at Volkswagen,” a Volkswagen representative told Autoweek.
On the front end, the VW Cross Coupe will use styles seen on the Tex and Go concept vehicles that made their debut at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. Mixed with heavy, sculpted services and what de’Silva calls a “tornado line,” the Cross Coupe will cut a more dramatic figure than that of the original Tiguan, says Autoblog.
High waistline, shallow side glass, an angled tailgate, pronounced wheel arch and 20-inch alloy wheels will also be part of the package. The Cross Coupe’s interior will borrow some of the sweeping, high-tech look of various Audi vehicles.
Under the Cross Coupe’s hood
The power behind the Volkswagen Cross Coupe is a gas-electric hybrid system that can route power to either the front or all four wheels with a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. VW’s turbocharged, 1.4-liter, four-cylinder, direct-injection engine comes standard, producing up to 261 horsepower via two electric motors.
The lithium-ion battery, which is rated at 9.8 kilowatt-hours at 370 volts, rests low in the center tunnel and can be charged via kinetic energy or a power outlet. According to Volkswagen, the vehicle can function all-electric for 25 miles at typical city speeds while in front-wheel drive.
Trading weight for power
As opposed to using a conventional mechanical drive shaft, Volkswagen positioned an electric motor to power the rear wheels. This saves some weight, making 0-to-62 mph in 7.0 seconds possible. Top speed while using a combination of gas and electricity is 124 mph and 71 mph on electricity only.