There’s been a SUV-sized gap in Volkswagen’s lineup for years, and with each auto show we seem to get a little be closer to plugging that gap. The Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE brings a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and two rows of seating to the Vdub lineup…if it ever makes it past the concept phase, that is.
The Cross Coupe GTE is the latest evolution of the Volkswagen CrossBlue concept, which debuted in 2013 with a more aggressive look and hybrid drivetrain. Volkswagen has toned back the more muscular architecture of the CrossBlue Concept. That’s not to say that the Cross Coupe GTE has shrugged off any sense of performance; 0 to 60 MPH happens in just six seconds, and the battery pack has enough juice for 20 miles of driving range between charges.
The drivetrain itself consists of a 3.6 liter VR6 six-cylinder engine making 276 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and with a pair of electric motors (one for each axle) adding to the total, output rises to 355 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.
Alas, being that this all resides in a concept, and not a production car, changes of Volkswagen bringing this bad boy to market (as-is) seems unlikely. However, Volkswagen has promised to finally add a seven-seat SUV to its lineup, adding a long-awaited second model to its Chattanooga assembly plant.
Perhaps a few of the Cross Coupe’s design features will make its way past the concept phase and into production.