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by Brett Davis

Volkswagen has unveiled its interpretation of an SUV coupe at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Called the Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept, the four-seat SUV showcases an all-wheel drive layout powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Not only is this the company’s first response to the idea of a four-door SUV coupe – initially kicked off by the BMW X6 – it’s also the first vehicle to be built on Volkswagen Group’s new modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform. This platform will underpin various new vehicles under the Group’s umbrella in the future, including the upcoming Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3.

Measuring 4345mm in length, the Cross Coupe is actually shorter than a Volkswagen Tiguan. Width and height measurements of 1868mm and 1523mm fall in between the Tiguan and the popular Golf hatch back. The wheelbase is 52mm longer than the Golf and 26mm longer than the Tiguan though, which tells us a bit about its swooping and somewhat stretched out coupe cabin design.

Unlike other urban SUVs that are set up for tarmac driving just as much as they are for hitting the beaten track, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept offers good approach and departure angles, 24.2 and 32.5 degrees, respectively. This is thanks to that long wheelbase that provides plenty of room for the vehicles’ makeup to fall in between the front and rear wheels.

The Cross Coupe Concept is powered by a TSI engine of undisclosed capacity and two electric motors. One electric motor is placed at the front and produces 40kW of power and 180Nm of torque, while the other is placed at the back and produces 85Kw and 270Nm. Combined power for the combustion and electric motors is rated at 195kW. As one would expect, this allows the concept to swiftly shift from 0-100km/h in seven seconds. A full electric driving mode provides a range of around 40km.

There are no immediate plans for Volkswagen to put the Cross Coupe into production just yet, but the technology and design cues are expected to be used in an upcoming production vehicle of sorts in the future.

What do you think of it? Would you like to buy one if it was on the market?




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