2015 Detroit Auto Show: VW Introduces the Cross Coupe GTE Concept SUV

If there ever was a concept car that could go from show floor to showroom floor, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE is it.  I can see it lining up against a Range Rover Evoque, an Lexus NX, or a new Mercedes GLC-Class SUV and beating it.

Why?  First, try this:

The SUV concept car is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors. The six-cylinder direct-injection engine (FSI) delivers power of 276 bhp (206 kW/280 PS) and maximum of 258 lb/ft of torque (350 Nm). The two electric motors have power output of 54 bhp and 162 lb/ft of torque (40 kW and 220 Nm) in the front, and 114 bhp and 199 lb/ft of torque (85 kW and 270 Nm) in the rear.  The total output of the system adds up to 355 bhp. With this full power, the Cross Coupé GTE, which has a top speed of up to 130 mph (209 km/h), accelerates to 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 6.0 seconds. Thanks to the lithium-ion battery in the centre tunnel (energy content of 14.1 kWh), the Cross Coupé GTE can travel a distance of 19 miles (32 kilometers) powered purely by electricity.

 

This is a plug-in hybrid SUV with an emphasis on sport.  And hybrid, even though that isn’t in “SUV”.  The plug-in hybrid drive allows for up to 70 mpg-e.  So you can haul stuff, people or both; and still get gas mileage better than a 4-banger with a hamster wheel under the hood.

Some of you may take this opportunity to point out generations-low gas prices.  I’d like to point out that energy companies will take a hit on their stock price for so long.  They’ll figure out how to use supply and demand to get their stock–and our gas prices–back up.

If “GTE” sounds familiar, its because VW has already introduced a Passat GTE at the Paris Motor Show last September.

Another good thing about the Cross Coupe GTE concept.  Production versions will most likely be manufactured at VW’s Tennessee plant.

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