The Volkswagen CrossBlue Hybrid Concept Hits 89 MPGe

Posted Jan 24, 2013

At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the CrossBlue SUV hybrid concept intended for U.S. and Canadian markets.  The CrossBlue is a mid-size SUV concept that has VW’s TDI Clean Diesel engine with 2 electric motors, a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, and electric all-wheel-drive system.  The fuel economy rating is at 89 MPGe combined in electric mode.

The CrossBlue hybrid produces up to 305 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.  The CrossBlue also hits 0-60MPH in 7.2 seconds and is said to be able to run ?in zero emissions mode either at the press of a button or automatically.?  The 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery is fully charged and can “travel a distance of 14 miles in all-electric mode.”

The overall driving range is 661 miles if the 18.5-gallon fuel tank is filled with ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel.  The CrossBlue has 6 individual seats in three rows and has 12 airbags.  The CrossBlue has a 10.2-inch touchscreen in the central console for infotainment purposes and to check the status of the hybrid system.  

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