Volkswagen has been gaining a lot of ground and credibility as a “green” automaker, but that hasn’t stopped them from offering vehicles with performance aspirations. Their latest concept, the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe, is fast, sharp-looking, and can go up to 21 miles on electricity alone. What’s not to love?
An evolution of the original Volkswagen Cross Coupe concept, the CrossBlue Coupe utilizes two electric motors as well; one for the front wheels, and one for the back. A 9.8 kWh battery pack supplies electricity, though the four-cylinder turbodiesel engine was replaced by a gas-burning V6 with 295 horsepower. Less efficient, sure, but more powerful and fun.
Combined with the electric motors, total output is pegged at an impressive 415 horsepower, which allows the CrossBlue Coupe to scoot from 0-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Top speed is 147 mph, and the electric motors can carry the Coupe up to 75 mph alone.
The all-electric range is about 21 miles, and Volkswagen claims a 79 mpg rating on the European testing cycle. Running the gas V6 alone, fuel economy falls by more than half, to just 34 mpg, though total range is pegged at about 720 miles per tank.
I for one really dig this take on a practical, sporty, and sharp-looking plug-in hybrid, and I’m sure I am not the only one hoping it shows up on dealership lots sooner rather than later.