At the end of 2016, Volkswagen
will start production of one of its most important new models in the past five
decades in Chattanooga, Tennessee--- a seven-seater mid-size SUV. As a preview
to this vehicle, Volkswagen has shown the five-seater Cross Coupe GTE at the
North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This stylish and upscale SUV
uses a plug-in hybrid system with a maximum output of 355 horsepower and an
all-wheel-drive system that uses an “electric driveshaft”. The hybrid has a
manufacturer-estimated fuel economy rating of 70 MPGe.
Klaus Bischoff, chief designer
at Volkswagen said: “The Cross Coupe GTE is the ambassador of a new design
language developed by Volkswagen for the U.S." And he continued, "The
concept car has a commanding presence; it is powerful with a look that could
almost be described as aggressive.”
The GTE acronym generally applies to all sporty Volkswagen models with a high-tech plug-in hybrid drivetrain. They offer the driving characteristics of a grand tourer (Gran Turismo or GT) and, thanks to one or more electric motors and a battery (E as in Electric), they also offer zero-emissions driving. The Cross Coupe has a zero-emissions range of up to 20 miles and can reach 60 mph from rest in just 6.0 seconds. The car has various operating modes: E-Mode, GTE, Hybrid, Off-road and Battery Hold/Battery Charge.
The Cross Coupe GTE is the third concept car presented by Volkswagen on the way to the production version of the mid-size SUV. Together, all three concepts—the CrossBlue presented in Detroit in January 2013, the CrossBlue Coupe most recently shown in Los Angeles in November 2013 and the Cross Coupe GTE—represent just a part of the wide spectrum of SUV variants that can be produced off Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) architecture.
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