Geneva Motor Show – VW Cross Coupe Concept
One of the many concepts introduced at the 82nd edition of the Geneva Motor Show was this Volkswagen Cross Coupe which is an SUV that previews the upcoming new generation of the Tiguan. It benefits from an advanced 4WD system that showcases the all-new plug-in diesel-electric hybrid system that the German carmaker is working on for a lineup of upcoming frugal production vehicles.
The VW Cross Coupe concept has a curb weight of 1858kg and manages to return 157 mpg UK and has CO2 emissions of just 46g/km. The car develops no less than 380 hp and can hit a top speed of 137 mph. It offers a range of up to 800 miles.
This would have to be the second version of the concept, as the first one was shown at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show which came with a gasoline-hybrid system. The new version connects a 187 hp version of the company’s new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder common-rail EA288 diesel with a couple of electric motors. One of these motors is installed up front and it can deliver 54 hp to the front wheels while the other motor is located at the back and has 114 hp for driving the rear wheels. These two electric motors are driven by the 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The top speed that the Volkswagen Cross Coupe concept can achieve in electric mode is of 80 mph and it can be driven for up to 28 miles in this mode. There is a switch installed on the center console of the vehicle which allows the driver to change between electric and hybrid drive modes. When running in electric mode, there is a clutch which will be opened in order to disengage the diesel power unit, thus diminishing mechanical drag. This diesel engine will start to top out the battery in the event in which additional battery charge is necessary for powering those two electric motors we’ve mentioned.
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