2011 Tokyo Motor Show: Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept
Volkswagen Debuts Cross Coupe Concept at Tokyo Show
Among all the oddball futuristic urban concepts in Tokyo emerged one seemingly very production-ready vehicle, from a somewhat unexpected source: Volkswagen. The company debuted its new Cross Coupé concept, featuring a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and a new design language influenced by VW's stylistic dynamic duo, Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff. Imagine a Tiguan that's been given the extreme makeover treatment, and you wouldn't be far off. Could VW have had the new Range Rover Evoque in its sights when designing the Cross Coupé? Decide for yourself, but we can't think of anything else off the top of our heads that's close.
Volkswagen claims this is the first vehicle based on its new modular transverse matrix (MQB) plantform. Rather than TDI power, which VW has become synonymous for over the past decade, the Cross Coupé is powered by gas-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain. The specific displacement of the engine wasn't divulged in the release, but based on the power output of 148 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque, we're lead to believe it's the company's 1.4-liter TSI gasoline turbo engine. Suspiciously specific for just a "concept" VW disclosed the weight of the vehicle (with a full fuel tank) at 3854 pounds. Thankfully, the gas engine gets a boost from not one, but two electric motors, one powering the front axle, and another powering the rear axle. The front electric motor produces 54 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque, while the rear motor puts out 114 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The claimed combined output of the gas engine and electric motors is 262 net horsepower.
Being a plug-in hybrid, the Cross Coupé is capable of a 25 mile all-electric range, with a claimed total hypothetical range of 531 miles. Despite all the talk of efficiency, it doesn't seem like VW neglected the performance, as a sprightly 0-62 time (0-90 km/h) of seven seconds flat and a top speed of 125 mph is listed. In all-electric mode, top speed is limited to 75 mph.
As previously noted, the Cross Coupé places a higher emphasis on style than outright functionality. As such, it seats four, and has a respectable, if not outstanding cargo capacity of 13.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and 43.4 with them folded. However, considering the vehicle's tidy overall dimensions of a 103.5-inch wheelbase, 73.5-inch width, and 171.1-inch length, it's reasonably accommodating.
No official word on if or when this concept will go into production, but unlike many of the concepts shown at the Tokyo show, this one looks very production-ready.