Looks like the Volkswagen Cross Coupé is making its rounds around the world. First in Tokyo then in Geneva and now it debuts China with a notch more information.
As previously reported by Anthony, the 1,858 kg Cross Coupé draws power from a diesel-electric hybrid engine that, when combined, produces 306 PS and 700 Nm. Yes, that’s 700 Nm of torque.
The 2.0 litre TDI gives 190 PS and 400 Nm and transfers power via a six-speed DSG. While the front 40 kW E-motor provides an additional 180 Nm and the rear 85 kW E-motor gives 270 Nm. Both motors siphon juice from a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Cross Coupe clocks its 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and is capable of hitting a top speed of 220 km/h.
So, does this sports car like speed comes at a cost? No. The fact is the power comes almost at a steal: 1.8 litres/100km and just 48 g/km of CO2 released from its exhaust.
The concept SUV has a range of 45 km at speeds of up to 120 km/h when running in pure electric. The TDI kicks in within fractions of a second, without notice, when needed. Volkswagen theorise that the Cross Coupé’s can squeeze a range of 1,287 km out from a full 55 litre fuel tank.
Holding all of these technologies together is Volkswagen new modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform. The MQB sets some parameters in stone (like the distance between the accelerator pedal and the front axle) but makes others easily changeable, which means that the MQB has the flexibility to be used in a wide range of vehicles.
If the Cross Coupe sounds brilliant, well, there is one tiny problem. Volkswagen has no plans to put the Cross Coupe into production. Still, technologies from here might just surface in other vehicles. We’ll keep our eyes peeled.