Volkswagen will use the diesel-electric drivetrain from its CrossBlue concept car premiered at the Detroit Auto Show to launch four hybrid SUVs.
Three of these SUVs will be sold in Europe as well, with one destined exclusively for the United States. The CrossBlue has received the green light for production, with the SUV to fill a gap in VW’s American line-up. However, the CrossBlue is not targeted at any other parts of the world.
But the plug-in hybrid powertrain will be available in three new smaller SUVs, which will be offered in Europe. The first is a replacement for the current Tiguan, with the second to be a coupé model based on the Tiguan. Finally, the third hybrid SUV will be a longer-wheelbase seven-seat model.
All three models will use the new VW Group vehicle architecture that underpins the new VW Golf, Audi A3, Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon.
VW’s plug-in powertrain features two electric motors, one integrated within the gearbox at the front and the other on the rear axle. On the CrossBlue concept, the motors were paired with a TDI diesel engine delivering a combined output of 305 horsepower.
by Dan Mihalascu
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