VW has unveiled the Cross Coupe GTE concept at the Detroit Auto Show, which previews a new SUV that will go into production by the end of 2016.
VW has unveiled the Cross Coupe GTE concept at the Detroit Auto Show, which previews a new SUV that will go into production by the end of 2016. The concept is meant to preview its new seven-passenger SUV even though the Cross Coupe GTE is a five-seater.
VW calls the design the Cross Coupe GTE “the ambassador of a new design language developed by Volkswagen for the U.S.”
Klaus Bischoff, chief designer at Volkswagen says: “Numerous details hint at how we envision a future production SUV model for North America. The underlying concept combines German engineering and design with a vehicle that suits the American lifestyle. That means high efficiency, clear and powerful design, logical operation and supreme quality–combined with lots of space, superior performance, and outstanding comfort.”
Overall the styling of the Cross Coupe GTE borrows many styling cues from VW’s other SUV concepts, but with a bolder face.
The Cross Coupe GTE concept is powered by a 3.6-liter VR6 engine and two electric motors. The six-cylinder packs 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The two electric motors produce 54 hp and 162 lb-ft (front) and 114 hp and 199 lb-ft (rear). The total output of the drive system adds up to 355 hp and 280 lb-ft, enough to power the Cross Coupe GTE onto a top speed of 130 mph and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds.