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Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Previews 7-Seat Crossver With Diesel Plug-in Hybrid

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With an innovative new plug-in hybrid diesel powertrain, the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept has just been uncovered today at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Although the CrossBlue is larger than the Touareg, it is meant to a be a midway model between the Touareg and Tiguan in terms of price.

Powering the CrossBlue is a 54-hp electric motor up front,a 114-hp electric motor mounted in the rear, and a 190-hp TDI engine that combines to put out 305 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It is all mated to a six-speed DSG transmission. Volkswagen estimates that the CrossBlue will be good for 35 mpg combined when running as a hybrid, and 89 mpge in electric mode. And despite the good fuel economy, performance is still decent with a 7.2 second sprint to 60 mph.

For optimal powertrain use, three different drive modes are available: standard, Eco, and sport. Thanks the diesel engine, range anxiety is non-existent in the CrossBlue, which has an all-electric range of 14 miles, and an overall range of 661 miles.

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Inside, six individual seats dot the interior, making this Volkswagen’s largest people mover in the lineup. If it does make it to production, a second row bench seat will become available to make it a seven-passenger vehicle. As a concept vehicle should, the CrossBlue is filled with tech, including round-shaped controls for the lights, climate control, and the four-wheel-drive system that emerge from flush storage positions in the dash when the vehicle is started up. Leather and dark stained banana tree wood accents combine with aluminum from the gear shift to the dash board for interior style.

A 10.2-inch touchscreen that controls infotainment as well as climate is found in the center of the stack, and includes 3D navigation.

The CrossBlue is even set up for off-roading with its unique “propshaft by wire” system. When off-road mode is activated, the front-electric motor, which takes it’s energy from the TDI engine, acts as a generator for the rear electric motor. The diesel engine then routes all of its power to the front wheels, while the rears are powered by both electric motors.

GALLERY: VW CrossBlue Concept Live

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GALLERY: VW CrossBlue Concept

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