VW CrossBlue Plug-in Diesel-Electric SUV Out

January 16, 2013 / No Comments

At the North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen has introduced their plug-in diesel-electric hybrid named the CrossBlue.

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The CrossBlue which is specially designed for the North American market is a mid-size SUV that has enough space for six. It comes between the entry-level Tiguan and the premium Touareg in VW’s utility stable.

Though, it is a plug-in hybrid, the CrossBlure features a diesel powerplant. The whole system uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain and it links a TDI clean diesel engine with two electric motors, a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electric all-wheel-drive system called propshaft by wire.

The CrossBlue diesel powertrain system provides up to 305 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque.

Volkswagen guarantees a 22.5 km (about 14 miles) on a fully-charged 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 661 miles with completely filled fuel tank.

The interior of the CrossBlue looks somewhat similar to a SUV and offers the space and flexibility of a minivan. The seats are arranged in three rows but a production version would offer an optional three-set second row.

Right now, no information is available on production details or cost details of the CrossBlue .