Detroit Auto Show has Volkswagen introducing the CrossBlue

Posted By on January 14, 2013

Tell me this is not worth looking at? Mmm, mmm, mmm.


The VW CrossBlue concept is Volkswagen’s midsize SUV that is larger than a Tiguan and not as off-road performance oriented as the larger Touareg. The CrossBlue concept has six-seats in three rows and could seat up to seven if they offer an optional bench in the second row. The VW CUV should fill the gap between their smaller sport-ute and higher priced Touareg, although price points have not been set (assumed to be between the current two offerings).


Powering the concept is a plug-in hybrid powertrain with diesel engine and an estimated combined city/highway mileage of 35 mpg.



  • Of course VW was teasing us with this diesel in 2009.

  • Tidbit: “What makes it tick: A 190-horsepower TDI diesel engine combines with a 54-horsepower electric motor at the front axle and a 114-horsepower motor at the rear. The electric motors are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack in the vehicle’s center tunnel. Combined horsepower is said to be 306 with 516 pound-feet of torque available at peak. The automaker estimates 89 M.P.G.e efficiency in electric mode and 35 M.P.G. combined in hybrid mode. The battery can be charged by the diesel engine while driving or by plugging into the grid. A driver-selectable all-electric mode provides a range of up to 14 miles when the battery is fully charged.”

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