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WORLD PREMIERE OF THE CROSS COUPÉ GTE

| 13/01/2015 | 0 Comments

With the world premiere of the five-seater Cross Coupé GTE concept car, the carmaker from Wolfsburg is offering a further preview of the latest SUV model series that is fitted with a sporty and economical V6 plug-in hybrid drive for the first time.

After the Cross Blue concept car previously shown in Detroit, the Cross Coupé GTE now offers a further look ahead at the new mid-size SUV model series that is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). The Cross Blue production model will be built at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant and presented next year.

The SUV concept car is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors. The six-cylinder direct-injection engine (FSI) delivers power of 206 kW/280 PS and maximum torque of 350 Nm. The two electric motors have power output of 40 kW and 220 Nm and 85 kW and 270 Nm respectively. The total output of the system adds up to 265 kW/360 PS.

With this full power, the Cross Coupé GTE, which has a top speed of up to 209 km/h, accelerates to 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 6.0 seconds. Thanks to the lithium-ion battery in the centre tunnel (energy content of 14.1 kWh), the Cross Coupé GTE can travel a distance of 32 kilometers powered purely by electricity.

The driver can use the GTE button to switch to GTE mode and activate the particularly agile side of the concept car. This makes the accelerator pedal, gearbox and steering characteristic even sportier. In addition, the FSI and the electric motors work together in GTE mode during boosting to deliver the full system output and the maximum system torque.

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