In January Volkswagen presented to the world (via NAIAS) their new concept SUV called Crossblue.
The Crossblue prototype showcased in the Detroit motor show is based on the company’s monocoque MQB platform, a platform similar to the second generation Tiguan due 2014.
Volkswagen’s Crossblue was displayed with a state of the art diesel-electric hybrid engine. It is based on the latest 2.0 liter diesel engine from the german car maker, to which 2 brushless electric motors are added (1 in front and 1 at the rear).
Using simulations, Volkswagen calculated the acceleration to 100km/h in just 7.5 seconds, with a top speed of 204km/h. The 3 engines combined will produce 302hp, power which is delivered to the wheels with the help of a 6 speed dual-clutch gear box.
Now Volkswagen is looking too see if it’s worth actually producing the Crossblue. If they should deem it worthy of seeing an assembly line, Volkswagen new SUV will most likely be built in Mexico or Chattanooga, with the possibility of a new plant being opened on US soil.
The CrossBlue might help Volkswagen double its production by 2018, should it ever see the light of day. I guess we will just wait and see.