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22 April 2013

Volkswagen reveals CrossBlue Coupe

Swoopy X6-sized plug-in hybrid debuts at the Shanghai Motor Show…

Vijay Pattni
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This is how a Volkswagen version of BMW’s X6 could look: it’s the new CrossBlue Coupe concept, unveiled here, on our Internet, and for real at the Shanghai Motor Show.

And it’s huge, measuring 4.9m long, 2m wide and 1.7m high, figures that roughly transpose onto BMW’s controversially-styled X6. It’s also ruddy heavy, too – some 2.2 tonnes. Little wonder then, this behemoth is being unveiled in China for the first time…

It’s a curvier version of the CrossBlue concept we first saw at the Detroit show earlier this year – and a more powerful version of the Cross Coupe concept we saw a couple of years back – featuring a turbocharged V6 petrol engine producing 295bhp up front, a six-speed DSG gearbox in the middle, and two electric motors, one mounted on the front (54bhp) and one mounted on the back (114bhp). There’s a battery pack mounted in the centre tunnel, and with all systems firing together at once, there’s a total of 700Nm of torque.

It sits on the MQB platform that’ll underpin pretty much every VW Group model for the next decade, and offers up drive from one of five modes: full EV (with just the rear motor working, good for a range of 30-odd kilometres), Sport (everything turned up to max – engine/both motors), Offroad mode (all four wheels, with the front motor powered by the engine, acting as a generator for the rear motor), Charge (using the engine to boost the battery) and Eco (both motors used). Phew.

Despite its considerable heft and electrical gubbinry, VW still reckons this hybrid V6 is capable of 0-100kph in just 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 236kph.

Inside, there’s space for five, lots of leather and aluminium, some wood, a touchscreen infotainment system, programmable instrument cluster, iPads in the headrests and even a 537-litre boot.

Have a click through the pics and let us know what you think. It’ll work well in China, but could you see yourself in a Volkswagen SUV-Coupe?

Tags: shanghai 13, vw, volkswagen, crossblue, crossblue coupe

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