Beyond the spectacular image and enclosing all the technology as a concept this new Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE today is especially important to anticipate and a new line SUV in the brand so far designed for USA By the end of 2016 there already confirmed the launch of a model of five meters and 7 seater with the platform of the Golf and might have different variants. Need to know how to reach Europe.
It will certainly be a kind of Touareg XL but at a lower cost of production we'll see if it also translates into lower selling price. This is what has the MQB modular platform which it does not matter to provide a compact which for a saloon or from late as 2016 for a large SUV nearly 5 meters long and with 7 seats. He announced officially for the US will be manufactured in Tennessee but we do not know yet is whether then come to Europe and in what format.
After leaving glimpse since 2012 this new SUV under two previous prototypes Cross Blue and Cross Blue Coupe this time Volkswagen presented in the Detroit third variant in prototype form with somewhat more compact dimensions (4.85 meters long 2.03 wide and 1.74 high) 5 indoor seats and this time a clear aesthetic coupe. For now officially the brand confirms that displays and features of language of final design will have that big SUV 7 seats already announced while unofficially know that could become a version that VW to cope with the new BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.
The only certainty is that whether or not a future 4x4 coupe production the Cross Coupe GTE is the final confirmation of a new line SUV in VW American orientation (is designed specifically for that market) in principle with multiple bodies and have nothing to do with the current Touareg despite its size betting on a lighter and also replacing its longitudinal engine by transverse provisions.
The first surprise of the new VW Cross Coupe GTE is a very muscular image a wide track and details such concept as its huge tires measuring 285/40 R22 or its spectacular painting Blue Glacier Grand Pacific. A very attractive proposal and that too seems to propose a new design for the interior. In fact according VW is structured on two keys: a cleaner with a horizontal configuration and a more intuitive character that definitely closes the analog era.
In that vein this VW Cross Coupe GTE offers a fully digital instrumentation similar to Virtual Cockpit seen in the group: ie a display of TFT 12.3 inch high-resolution and customizable by the driver. Beside him also highlights the large 10.1 "screen in the center console full touch sensing approach and for the first time also gestural control. Crowning the large space and good environment also found a two-tone upholstery in nappa leather aluminum inserts Wi-fi or air conditioning 4-zone.
Yes unlike Golf or Passat do not expect this Cross Coupe GTE 1.4 petrol TSI engine. Instead and as an American proposal that is VW mounts a V6 petrol 3.6 liters and 280 hp associated with an automatic DSG 6 speed. Beside him make the mechanical system two electric thrusters: one forward 40 kW (55 hp) and a rear 85 kW (115 hp) which provide turn wheel drive and is powered by a battery lithium enormous capacity (14.1 kWh) located under the central tunnel ion.
As Plug-in that is the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE can be plugged into the network once fully charged batteries offer up to 360 hp combined capacity and 32 km of autonomy 100% electric. Its estimated average consumption is 3.36 l / 100 km while its top speed is 209 km / h taking just six seconds to go from 0-100 km / h. And this GTE offers multiple faces.
In fact we in it more than 10 driving modes. A regular E-Mode Hybrid GTE and Battery Hold and Charge already provided by the Golf and Passat GTE add the also traditional Comfort Eco and Sport but above all now adds a new program off specific road shows also its potential as a 4x4. Thanks to him the driver could vary its response according to driving on Rocks Mud / Sand Gravel and Snow.
Having enjoyed live again this Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE only remains now to know whether the image and the technology proposed culminate with the SUV of 5 meters and 7 places already announced by the mark by the end of 2016 in the United States or if as it seems will lead to a variant rear coupe on this new model. Time will sentence.
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