The ambassador for Volkswagen‘s new international style is the premium SUV that’s intended for the US market the new Volkswagen Cross Coupe GT that made its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.
Although it was only unveiled as a concept car, it’s another plug-in hybrid concept that we see on the show and it showcases the future design that Volkswagen wants to adopt not just for the North American market. Being a big investor in a lot of countries, the company also proudly announced that it will start production of its mid-sized SUV Volkswagen Cross Coupe. The maybe most pleasing part about this information is that it will be done in Chattanooga, Tennessee by the end of 2016.
Like Chevy’s Volt and the Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid, the VW SUV that’s on showcase at the Detroit Auto Show, uses a plug-in hybrid system with a maximum output of 355 hp and an all-wheel drive system that uses an electric drive shaft. The company also claims this hybrid SUV returns an impressive mileage of 30 Km/l.
Its Klaus Bischoff, chief designer at Volkswagen that says the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE is the ambassador of a new design language developed by Volkswagen for the U.S. He further adds that the concept car has a commanding presence and that it is powerful with a look that could almost be described as aggressive.
“Numerous details hint at how we envision a future production SUV model for North America. The underlying concept combines German engineering and design with a vehicle that suits the American lifestyle. That means high efficiency, clear and powerful design, logical operation and supreme quality-combined with lots of space, superior performance, and outstanding comfort.”
We can distinguish the high-tech plug-in hybrid drivetrain vehicles with the GTE acronym that VW has dedicated for the new Volkswagen Cross Coupe. While these vehicles offer an already seen driving experience like the Grand Tourer or Gran Turismo or just GT acronym the bonus is that with the added electric motors and a very potent battery they also offer zero-emissions.
Another thing the company claims is that the Cross Coupe VW has a zero-emission range of up to 32 Km and can reach 100Km/h from standstill in just 6.0 seconds. All of this high-tech has it’s own function button on the dashboard in the form of various operating modes like E-Mode, GTE, Hybrid, Off-road and Battery Hold/Battery Charge.
Volkswagen is not a newbie when it comes to presenting concept cars in the US. Actually the Cross Coupe GTE is the third concept SUV showcased in the States, after Cross Blue in Detroit in January 2013, and the Cross Blue Coupe in Los Angeles in November the same year. All of the concepts are developed using Volkswagen‘s own modular transverse matrix (MQB) architecture.