Featured with six seats, three rows, bold American SUV styling, Volkswagen‘s new concept SUV is a diesel-electric, plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers an estimated 89 mpg in electric mode and 35 mpg combined. Volkswagen conjured so sort of automotive magic at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit with the unveiling of a sensational new CrossBlue mid-size SUV concept.
Although the CrossBlue is only a head-turning auto-show concept at the moment, Volkswagen says that if it did go into production it would be positioned in the Volkswagen line-up ever-so-neatly between the compact VW Tiguan and premium VW Touareg.
Volkswagen powers the concept SUV by using a highly-innovative, plug-in hybrid powertrain: a combination of a TDI Clean Diesel engine, two electric motors, a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electric AWD system. This powertrain give the CrossBlue a combined 306 horsepower and a staggering 516 pound-feet of torque and it can go from 0-60 mph in just 7 seconds.
“The mid-size SUV market is the fastest growing segment right now,” said Jonathan Browning, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “This CrossBlue concept is exactly the right type of vehicle for the U.S. market.”