Volkswagen Cross Coupe concept gets TDI plug-in hybrid power

You’ll no doubt remember Volkswagen’s Cross Coupé concept which made its début in Tokyo motor Show last year? Well, it’s back for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and packing diesel hybrid power.

The previously seen TSI petrol engine, which developed 110 kW (148 hp) and 210 Nm (155 lb/ft) of torque has been replaced by a turbodiesel direct-injection engine. Accompanying it is a front-mounted motor, which can also act as a generator, producing 40 kW (54 hp) and 180 Nm (133 lb/ft). Thanks to a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery the Cross Coupé can cover a range of around 40 kilometres (25 miles) running on pure electric power. If the all-wheel-drive system is in use, a second motor delivers 85 kW (114 hp) and 70 Nm (199 lb/ft) to the rear axle, which is fed by the motor/generator in the front.

With 225 kW (302 hp) of power at its disposal, the Volkswagen Cross Coupé can hit a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph), which is impressive, but this is also a vehicle capable of consuming a meagre 1.8 litres of fuel every 100 kilometres (around 157 mpg) in the New European Driving Cycle, while emitting just 46 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre. You know where you can stick your Prius.

Sitting on the Volkswagen Group’s newly developed MQB (Modulare Querbaukasten – or Modular Transverse Matrix) platform, we have no reason to believe that this won’t see production.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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