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Volkswagen previews the Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept - 1.8L/100km!

By Rigval on 11 Mar 2012

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I usually don't bother looking through VW Media Services' emails that appear in my mailbox simply because VW Media comes out with a bazillion news and press releases every other day. It goes to show the strength of the company and the products that it churns out. But this time I got a little curious about its latest press release – The Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept.

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The 2012 Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept is a diesel hybrid that only consumes 1.8 litres of diesel every 100km (New European Driving Cycle -NEDC rating). This basically is equivalent to CO2 emissions of 46g/km and even a Toyota Prius would look like a gas guzzling space shuttle beside it. It is also quite cool even though it is one of those crossover BMW X6 SUV type of vehicles (albeit smaller) as it can touch 220km/h if you want to ignore all the eco-mentalist fuel saving driving technique and floor the darn thing.

The Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept is powered by a turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) engine (the report does not mention its capacity) with two electric motors. It allows the 1858kg (quite heavy) crossover coupe concept to make a total of 306PS of power. Torque figures have not been stated but VW TDI engines are pretty torquey. Couple that with two electric motors I believe that the car would make over 300Nm of torque – more than enough to pull the Cross Coupe away from any other hybrid out there (aside from the occasional Fisker Karma or a Porsche Cayenne Hybrid).

Volkswagen is presenting the concept with a TDI plug-in hybrid (the VW Golf Plug-In Hybrid study -pictured below) in a world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (08 to 18 March 2012). Those who aren't aware, a plug-in hybrid means that one can use the power socket to charge up the batteries instead of waiting for the car's engine to kick in and charge the batteries.

It is quite an achievement considering the performance that you could get from the Cross Coupe. I however wish that Volkswagen would come up with an actual hybrid coupe concept instead of a crossover vehicle as I do not really fancy crossover type vehicles. And imagine if they'd actually make a lighter concept car with this powertrain setup, it could actually sip even less diesel.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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0wnage Mar 11 2012 03:15 PM
I suppose that's 46g/km*.
Jerrcik Mar 12 2012 09:24 AM
Ya, but i rather they improve their after sales service and workshop capabilities prior to releasing another chassis
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