Volkswagen has unveiled a new five-seater midsize SUV concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Called the Cross Coupé GTE, it is a plug-in hybrid with all-wheel drive, and previews Volkswagen’s new US design language, combining German engineering with the American way of life.
Powering the Cross Coupé GTE is a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine in combination with two electric motors. The six-cylinder direct-injection engine (FSI) delivers 276bhp and maximum torque of 258lb/ft, while the two electric motors deliver 40kW and 162lb/ft and 85kW and 199lb/ft (rear). They are powered by a compact lithium-ion battery housed in the centre tunnel, with energy content of 14.1kWh. The total output of the drive system is 355bhp, and using this full power, the Cross Coupé GTE, which has a top speed of 130mph, accelerates to 60mph in just 6.0 seconds.