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VW CrossBlue: The Fuel-Sipping SUV Americans Have Been Waiting For

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image

American drivers certainly love their SUVs. But with gas prices steadily increasing, many consumers are pressed to find the value of all that added utility. However, the latest concept from Volkswagen should provide consumers considering an SUV with the right blend of utility and efficiency they seek.

VW’s CrossBlue is a plug-in concept that combines a front-mounted diesel engine with an electric motor in a traditional hybrid configuration. There’s also an additional, more powerful electric motor out back to drive the rear wheels. This unique configuration allows the on-board battery pack to be recharged through regeneration or by simply plugging into a wall outlet.

According to Volkswagen, the CrossBlue gets 85MPGe—an impressive figure for a six passenger SUV. It’s also said to have a range of 14 miles on pure electricity. What’s even more impressive is that it still boasts 305 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque along with a zero to 60 mph time of 7.2 seconds.

The CrossBlue is technically just a concept, so it’s not clear if a production model would offer the same level of efficiency. Still, the CrossBlue is built around existing technology from the vast VW parts bin, such as the TDI powertrain and DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Styling is pure Volkswagen, with bold horizontal lines at the front and rear that helps makes the CrossBlue look wide and masculine. Inside, there are six individual seats and a layout that promises the spaciousness and flexibility of a minivan.

The CrossBlue Concept hasn’t received the green light for production, but it’s diesel-hybrid powertrain is certainly a sign of things to come. Designers penned the CrossBlue specifically for Canadian and US markets, so don’t be surprised if a vehicle that looks pretty close to it arrives in Volkswagen showrooms in the near future. In the meantime, find more information on the CrossBlue posted below.

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept image

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