Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Revealed

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Volkswagen is getting ready to go on the offensive in the SUV market and the brand has just revealed the Cross Coupe GTE Concept on the eve of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

This concept foreshadows the new seven-seat SUV that will begin production near the end of 2016 and is the third crossover concept to come from the brand. Based on Volkswagen’s MQB modular architecture, the Cross Coupe GTE is yet another example of the type of vehicle that can be fitted to the versatile platform.

Power comes from a 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to plug-in hybrid setup that uses two electric motors for a total output of 355 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to E-Mode, the GTE can travel 20 miles on electric power alone while the 0 to 60 mph time sits at 6 seconds flat. Four other drive modes are available: GTE, Hybrid, Off-road and Battery Hold/Battery Charge. Thanks to a clutch, the GTE can disengage its gasoline engine from the powertrain to reduce drag on the system when operating in E-mode.

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Although the powertrain options that will come to production are unknown, VW says that thanks to the MQB platform, it can fit gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, natural gas, all electric or fuel cell powertrain to its upcoming crossovers and SUVs.

Inside, an all-new 10.1-inch info screen is fitted in the center console that featured VW’s gesture control setup which allows the features of the system to be manipulated using mid-air hand motions. There is also a new 12.3-inch instrumentation screen that delivers vital stats to the driver.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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