The Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept is back, but this time with more realistic plug-in hybrid powertrain specs. Though we first saw the CrossBlue Coupe concept in Shanghai, the 2013 Los Angeles auto show will host the concept again, likely previewing a new Volkswagen SUV to sell at much higher volumes than the luxury-oriented Touareg.
Under the hood, the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept has a 295-hp V-6 and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that works with two electric motors -- 54 hp up front and 114 hp in back -- for 415 total system horsepower. Acceleration from 0-60 mph is said to take 5.8 seconds, with a top speed of 147 mph. The concept's estimated fuel economy is now down to 70 MPGe (from 79 MPGe before), with a driving range of 570 miles, down from around 720 miles. For reference, the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg TDI -- with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 and an eight-speed automatic -- has an EPA-rated cruising range of 546 miles.
If you drive carefully, the Volkswagen CrossBlue can now travel up to 13 miles in electric-only mode, and at speeds up to 75 mph (the Shanghai concept was said to go 21 miles at speeds up to 75 mph). Ultimately, what matters is not so much the revised CrossBlue Coupe concept powertrain estimates, but Volkswagen's comment that if a production version were produced, it would get a variety of gas, diesel, and CNG four- and six-cylinder engines.
Keeping in mind the larger Volkswagen CrossBlue concept, it's clear the automaker's SUV lineup is about to get a serious boost of activity. Get the full story on the CrossBlue Coupe concept from our Shanghai First Look, and stick with MotorTrend.com for all your 2013 Los Angeles auto show updates.