In December 2011, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe plug-in hybrid concept vehicle was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. With a fuel consumption value of just 2.7 l/100 km (equivalent to 62 g/km CO2), the Cross Coupe concept illustrated a technical approach to implementing an SUV that can be extremely fuel-efficient despite its high performance and all-wheel drive system. This plug-in hybrid concept was driven by two electric motors and a turbocharged petrol direct-injection TSI-engine.
Now, just a few months later, the Cross Coupe has made another appearance. This time as a TDI Clean Diesel-powered plug-in hybrid concept. Powered by an alliance of a turbodiesel direct-injection engine and two electric motors Cross Coupe TDI plug-in hybrid is even more economical. Its combined fuel consumption (NEDC) is just 1.8 l/100 km. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km. Noteworthy here is the fact that the Cross Coupe is a powerful SUV with 300 hp (system power) and a top speed of 220 km/h.
The Cross Coupe is based on the Volkswagen Group’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) and demonstrates the large breadth of variations that can be implemented within the MQB. Already shown with a “conventional” hybrid with two electric motors and a direct-injection turbocharged gasoline TSI engine in Tokyo, this new study of the Cross Coupe incorporates more MQB-specific elements, such as the new EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine, seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission and MQB-sourced front and rear suspension.
The Cross Coupe accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, and its TDI engine develops maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) from approximately 1600rpm. Nearly instantaneously, the two electric motors deliver 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque in front and 270 (199 lb-ft) at the rear. During boostingthe system uses both motors and the engine and supplies up to 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.