Volkswagen Ag has just unveiled an updated version of last year’s striking Cross Coupe concept.
The new Cross Coupé Concept SUV is powered by an alliance of a turbo diesel direct-injection engine (TDI) and two electric motors.
A bit bigger than a Golf, but not as big as a Vw Tiguan, the Cross Coupe offered a diesel-driven powertrain for the front wheels and a pair of electric motors at the back adding 4WD and an extra 112bhp to the mix.
It’s said to combine staggering 157mpg fuel economy and 46g/km CO2 emissions with 302bhp and 137mph performance. For a 1.8-ton SUV, that’s all rather impressive. The German automaker says the combination under full load supplies up to 516 lb-ft of torque — considerably more than the 6.3-liter W12 engine that powers the 2012 Audi A8.
Drivers can choose from five driving modes: City (ECO mode with minimal fuel consumption); Sport (high dynamic performance); Off road (continuous all-wheel drive); E-mode (pure electric drive); and Charging (via the diesel engine).
The Cross Coupe’s battery is an eight-module lithium-ion unit with an energy capacity of 9.8 kWh.