Volkswagen has unveiled the Cross Coupé GTE, a sports utility vehicle concept that combines all-wheel drive and a big-old petrol V6 with two electric motors.
The Cross Coupé GTE is the third in a line of concepts designed to show off what the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform can do when it comes to sports utility vehicles, following on from the CrossBlue and the CrossBlue Coupé.
Up front is a 3.6-litre V6 that churns out 280PS and 350Nm of torque in addition to two electric motors, the front of which outputs 40kW and 220Nm and the rear 85kW and 270Nm. A 14.1kWh lithium ion battery in the centre tunnel keeps them running for up to 20 miles on electric-only.
A top speed of 130mph is definitely potent, but it’s the 0 to 62mph time of six seconds that stands out given this is a 4.8-metre long, 2-metre wide and 1.7-metre tall off-roader capable of holding five passengers. VW neglects to mention fuel economy figures.
The Cross Coupé GTE’s all-wheel drive mode works even if the battery charge is low. In this instance, the front electric motor is driven by the V6 to keep power going to the front wheels.
There are five different power modes (E-Mode, Hybrid, GTE, Offroad and Battery Hold / Battery Recharge) and a number of driving profiles to choose between (Onroad, Offroad and Sport and Snow) to make the Cross Coupé GTE better suited to a particular situation.
Inside is an infotainment system viewed through a 10.1-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch Active Info Display where analogue dials would usually sit.
Sports seats at the front and a three-seat rear bench that can be folded down complete the concept, which is said to be another step towards the production model tailored for the US market. Stay tuned for more details and let us know what you think.