Volkswagen’s Cross Coupe GTE at the 2015 NAIAS
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.
Revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the Cross Coupe is a five-seater midsize SUV concept that houses a Plug-in Hybrid powertrain and previews Volkswagen’s new design language that caters to the American way of life (whatever that means).
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.”
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.
For now , though, let’s just hope it looks a little nicer in production form.