The Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE has arrived today with sporty looks and a five-passenger cabin that is about the size of the BMW X6 inside and out. The concept runs a 3.6-liter V6 plus a large hybrid power unit with EV-driving ability. Its style is an important preview of the production CrossBlue, a Passat-based seven-seater set for assembly in Tennessee beside its sedan cousin.
We are likely to see this style replicated near-exactly on the large CrossBlue, but in a larger and blockier roofline layout. This design is production-ready in almost all ways, with the actual Cross Coupe a possibility as the second North American-focused SUV model.
Wolfsburg/Detroit (USA), 12 January 2015
North American International Auto Show in Detroit:
World premiere of the Cross Coupé GTE
Volkswagen presents striking SUV concept car with a new design language for the US market
Five-seater Cross Coupé has plug-in hybrid system, all-wheel drive and system output of 265 kW/360 PS
At the start of every new year, automotive experts come together at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. This year, Volkswagen’s presentation is focusing on the striking Cross Coupé GTE. With the world premiere of the five-seater SUV concept car, the carmaker from Wolfsburg is offering a further preview of the latest SUV model series that is fitted with a sporty and economical V6 plug-in hybrid drive for the first time.
The Cross Coupé GTE is painted in “Grand pacific glacier” blue and combines high efficiency with a powerful design. This is demonstrated in particular by the exterior design that is characterized by precise edges on the long engine hood and a very high front section. The side profile with the A-pillar set a long way to the back and the striking sloping C-pillars are further distinctive features of the design that has a clear focus on sporty exclusiveness, yet also emphasizes the robustness of the large SUV. Large 22-inch alloy wheels with ten highly polished spokes round off the look of the concept car to perfection.
The new design language is also found in the interior of the Cross Coupé GTE. For example, the consistent horizontal structure of the instrument panel creates a clearly arranged, spacious and yet also progressive atmosphere. This is also thanks to the seamlessly integrated displays and chrome elements that open up a new dimension of information and operating quality with interactive gesture control.