Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept (2013)
Tuesday, January 15th 2013
The CrossBlue offers impressive drive system characteristics with a power of 225 kW / 306 PS and up to 700 Newton meters of system torque; the midsize SUV completes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds (0-100 km/h: 7.5 s). The SUV can be turned into a zero emissions car either at the press of a button or automatically. When its lithium-ion battery (energy capacity: 9.8 kWh) is fully charged, the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept can travel a distance of up to 14 miles in all-electric mode based on the US test cycle; in this mode, its top speed is reduced from 127 mph (204 km/h) to 75 mph (120 km/h) to achieve an optimal driving range. In the new European driving cycle (NEDC), the CrossBlue attains an all-electric driving range of 33 km. Important: it is not possible to directly compare driving ranges and fuel economy values of the US and EU driving test cycles to one another, since the tests are configured differently.
Powered by its lithium-ion battery, the CrossBlue can cover a distance of up to 14 miles (US test cycle) or 33 km (European NEDC testing) in all-electric driving; its top speed is reduced to 75 mph (120 km/h) here. In E-mode, only the 85 kW E-motor at the rear axle provides propulsion. In all-electric driving, the turbodiesel is decoupled from the drivetrain by opening the clutch, and the engine is shut off. The driver activates E-mode by pressing the EV (Electric Vehicle) mode button at the front of the center console. As soon as there is a need for TDI power, because of the battery charge state or other parameters, it is coupled to the drivetrain again, jolt-free, within fractions of a second.
The Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept is 4,987 mm long, 2,015 mm wide and 1,733 mm tall. The Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept assumes a very confident stance on the road with its large track widths (1,686 mm front, 1,696 mm rear), also newly designed 21-inch alloy wheels (with 285/45 tires) and significantly flared wheel arches. The very masculine image of the new CrossBlue is emphasized by its dominant track widths, dynamic proportions with a long and wide hood and large wheels.
Behind the third seating row is a cargo area with 335 liters cargo capacity (loading area length: 600 mm); when the seatbacks of the third row of seats are folded, cargo capacity grows to 812 liters, and load length is 1,387 mm. If the seatbacks of the second row are folded as well, cargo capacity increases to nearly 2,000 liters; this increases the load length to 2,230 mm. Finally, the front passenger seatback can be folded, and then objects up to 3,110 mm long can be stowed.
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