Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe GTE at the 2015 NAIAS

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 by

It bears the dimensions of an SUV, it’s called the Cross Coupe, and it looks like a hatchback on stilts. If there were an award for the most indecisive vehicle in the automotive realm, the Cross Coupe would not only be a very worthy contender, but effortlessly win the accolade as well.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE front

Revealed at the North American International Auto Show, the Cross Coupe is a five-seater midsize SUV concept that houses a Plug-in Hybrid powertrain and previews ’s new design language that caters to the American way of life (whatever that means).

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE side

The Cross Coupé GTE measures 4,847 mm long, 1,736 mm high and 2,030 mm wide.  Commenting on its appearance, Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer at Volkswagen said: “The concept car has a commanding presence; it is powerful with a look that could almost be described as aggressive.  Numerous details hint at how we envisage a future production SUV model for North America.”

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE rear

Powered by a 3.6 litre V6 petrol engine that works in harmony with two electric motors, the Cross Coupe GTE is good for a combined output of 360 horsepower and a tree uprooting 840 Nm of torque. Sending power to all All Wheel Drive platform, the German SUV can either travel in zero-emission mode for up to 32 kilometres, or accelerate to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds and on to its 209 km/h top speed. Drive modes include: E-Mode, Hybrid, GTE, Offroad and Battery Hold / Battery Charge.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE top

For now , though, let’s just hope it looks a little nicer in production form.

2 Responses to Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe GTE at the 2015 NAIAS

  1. Steve Hsu Reply

    January 21, 2015 at 6:59 am

    although it seemed the previous Cross Blue Coupe may look more powerful of outlook and total power train output. I think I can accept this prototype get into production in late 2016.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      January 21, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Sounds like Volkswagen already has a buyer lined up, Steve!

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