Volkswagen has presented a new five-seater midsize SUV concept car at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. Being christened as Cross Coupé GTE, it is a plug-in-hybrid, as the trend these days, along with an all-wheel drive system. It also showcases company's new design language and would go in production by the end of 2016. It would be a 7-seater mid-sized SUV in its production version avatar and would be made at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory in Tennessee.
Volkswagen Cross Coupé GTE is the third concept car presented by Volkswagen, followed by the unveiling of CrossBlue 2013 Detroit Motor Show & CrossBlue Coupé at 2013 LA Motor Show. Underpinning the contemporary and extremely versatile MQB platform, the GTE Coupe measures 4,847 mm long, 1,736 mm high and 2,030 mm wide. It boasts multiple sub-driving modes for both onroad as well as offroad purposes: Comfort and Eco (On Road), Rocks, Sludge & Sand and Gravel (Off Road), Sport and Snow. Inside the cabin, it has a new infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, while a 12.3-inch Active Info Display – similar to that recently previewed on the new Passat – allows extremely high-quality interactive graphic presentation of all details in the digital dashboard.
Under the hood, it has a 3.6L V6 petrol motor which is combined with electric motors. The V6 direct-injection engine (FSI) powertrain churns out a maximum power of 276 bhp and peak torque of 350Nm. On the other hand, the two electric motor fitted at the front and rear generate a maximum power output of 54 bhp and 114 bhp, respectively. The front motor comes up with a maximum torque of 220Nm, while the rear one produces a highest torque of 270Nm. Both the motors are powered by a compact lithium-ion battery housed in the centre tunnel, with energy content of 14.1 kWh. Hence, the combined power output of the 3.6L engine, and both the motors is 355 bhp and it can accelerate from 0-100kmph in a mere 6 seconds, while clocking a top speed of 209kmph.
In E-Mode, activated at the press of a button, the Cross Coupé GTE can travel in zero-emission mode for up to 32 kms and in this case the 114 bhp rear axle electric motor alone drives the vehicle, with the V6 FSI decoupled from the drivetrain by disengaging the clutch and shutting down. But as soon as the six-cylinder engine needs to be restarted due to the battery charge status or other parameters, it engages smoothly in the drivetrain again in a fraction of a second. The Cross Coupé GTE can be driven in five different power modes: E-Mode, Hybrid, GTE, Offroad and Battery Hold / Battery Charge. As mentioned before about the sub- driving modes, the Offroad drive mode is particularly important for an SUV and all four wheels are powered as soon as the driver activates this mode.