VW Cross Coupe Concept


Volkswagen Cross Coupe is not a new concept car, it’s been revealed a year ago. But this time in Geneva it features a new diesel electric hybrid system with astonishing fuel economy.

Last year, Volkswagen unveiled the Cross Coupé concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, powered by a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid system with low fuel consumption of 2.7 litres per 100 km (around 105 mpg) and CO2 emissions of just 62 g/km.  This year, a new Cross Coupé is making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but with an even more frugal drivetrain that promises to return a combined cycle figure of 1.8 litres per 100 km (around 157 mpg) with emissions of just 46 g/km of CO2.

That is due to the new system consisting of a turbodiesel direct injection engine and two electric motors, which together produce 306 PS (225 kW) of power.  This 1,858 kg can also reach a top speed of 220 kmh (137 mph).

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VW press release:

The Cross Coupé is built on Volkswagen’s new modular transverse matrix (MQB).  This revolutionary new platform standardises certain parameters across models and brands (for example the distance between the accelerator pedal and the front axle), but makes many other parameters variable, creating maximum flexibility for more effectively developing a wide range of models.  This not only means it is as easy to make a Cross Coupé that uses a petrol-electric hybrid system as a diesel-electric hybrid, but also to use combustion engines alone, or electric power alone for example.

The Cross Coupé uses many elements of the new MQB modular toolkit: MQB front and rear SUV suspension, plus the new 190 PS TDI EA 288 engine, in this case mated to a six-speed DSG transmission.  Added to this is a lithium-ion battery in the centre console, plus a 40 kW electric motor at the front and an 85 kW motor at the rear.  Together, these can propel the Cross Coupé from zero to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The 2.0-litre TDI engine alone provides the Cross Coupé with 295 lbs ft of torque (400 Nm) from just 1,600 rpm, while the front E-motor provides 133 lbs ft (180 Nm) and the rear E-motor a further 199 lbs ft (270 Nm).  The drive system can provide a maximum of 516 lbs ft 700 Nm at any one time.  This helps give the Cross Coupé the performance of a sports car, but with efficiency greater than that of a city car.

In pure electric mode, the Cross Coupé can cover up to 45 km (28 miles) at speeds of up to 120 kmh (75 mph).  This is sufficient for the majority of commuters to make the journey to work with zero emissions.  Two pure electric modes are available: E-mode (CITY) and E-mode (SPORT).  In the former, only the rear motor is used, while in the latter, both E-motors are used.  In both pure electric modes, the turbodiesel engine is decoupled from the drivetrain and shut off.  If the TDI is needed (for example if the battery’s charge is depleted), it seamlessly re-engages within fractions of a second.

The main battery for the E-motors is in the centre tunnel of the Cross Coupé, and consists of eight lithium-ion modules.  The battery has a capacity of 9.8 kWh, and operates at approximately 370 Volts.  The battery can either be charged while driving, or from an external 230 Volt power supply.

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