Volkswagen is not a popular brand in the U.S. The launch of the VW CrossBlue Concept car that is now ready for production. The concept car itself was not only unveiled as a shell without the engine and the drive train powering the car. This is the big car set on the 2015 Tiguan platform. The design of the car puts it in the middle of what the Tiguan and the Touareg are with the exception that this is a seven-seater car. It might be called a Station wagon because of its size but VW puts it in its SUV class.
VW CrossBlue – Exterior and Interior Design
This three-seater row car dimensionally checks in at 196,3 inches in length, 79,3 inches in width and 68,2 inches in height. The exterior design is classical, simple profile. The surfacing is taught with fine body side crease lines, a simple horizontal grille and ultra-tight shut lines. The car has exceptionally large door apertures, wide tailgate that open at bumper level. The silhouette of the car is rather boxy but looks uncomplicated and practical. The car comes with 21-inch alloy wheels.
The interior design looks luxurious with leather and black-ivory finish fascia. The car has glass inlays, wood veneers and metal highlights. The interior is tremendously roomy and inviting. The dashboard is mounted high up for a clear line of site to the touchscreen. The car has a wide console running down the center of the cabin. It also houses a broad gear selector an electronic parking brake and cup holders. The car has multi-function steering wheel and modern instrument with colored dials that flash red or blue depending on the driving mode.
The VW CrossBlue Concept has three rows of two seats with plenty of cargo space. The space can be further increased by folding away one set row. The car is fitted with iPad minis that doc in the headrests and double up as in-car infotainment systems.
VW CrossBlue – Engine Specs and Performance
The powertrain that was introduced is a diesel-hybrid that combines an EA288 turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 2.0-liter engine with two electric motors and a six-speed automatic DSG dual-clutch. The engine produces 190 horsepower and 280 lb-ft. of torque while the electric motor produces 54 hp at 133 lb.-ft. the total output is 305 horsepower and an impressive 516 lb.-ft. torque. Theoretically, the VW CrossBlue Concept should have a theoretical speed of 127 mph. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds.
The car has six drive modes a Sport, Eco mode, the EV mode, off-road mode and charging mode. The off-road mode provides all-wheel drive performance despite the state or battery levels of the 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery’s state of charge. This is possible because the diesel engine powers the front electric motor. As one approaches the tarmac and smooth city roads the charging mode ramps up energy recuperation. Transition between modes is smooth. The VW CrossBlue Concept has an impressive fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 37 mpg in highway driving.
VW CrossBlue – Release date and Price
By all accounts, this has been a long time coming. The VW CrossBlue Concept is in production and will be available to the public in between the fall of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. The base price is at $31,500.