New 2017 Tiguan GTE Active Concept

New 2017 Tiguan GTE Active Concept

Extreme off-road version of second-generation Tiguan features plug-in hybrid drivetrain and gesture control-enabled infotainment system

  • Based on the second-generation Tiguan
  • Volkswagen’s first SUV to use the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB)
  • Plug-in hybrid system has 148-horsepower gasoline engine and two electric motors
  • Vehicle can travel up to 20 miles in zero-emissions electric mode
  • Enhanced off-road performance and new 4MOTION Active Control drive programs
  • New infotainment system has 9.2-inch display and can be operated by intuitive gesture control

Wolfsburg / Detroit, January 2016 — The Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in the country that popularized the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). The vehicle’s most striking innovation is its efficient plug-in hybrid system that uses two electric motors and a gasoline engine, which can supply all four wheels with power, either automatically or at the push of a button. This concept proves how much potential plug-in hybrid systems have. The all-wheel-drive system’s technology ensures that this SUV can offer supreme off-road performance, even in all-electric mode.

The five-seat concept is based on the completely redeveloped second-generation Tiguan. The GTE Active Concept reflects the great technical versatility of the new SUV, which will arrive to the U.S. market in 2017 with a longer wheelbase and available seven-seat functionality. For Volkswagen, the new Tiguan marks the kickoff of an SUV product offensive that will significantly expand the range of vehicles offered, especially in North America.

The concept car starts every journey in all-electric E-mode as a zero emissions vehicle. Normally, the rear wheels are driven, but if there is loss of traction, the front wheels are engaged within fractions of a second. Four-wheel-drive is also activated when the driver selects 4MOTION® Active Control or when GTE-mode is selected, for instance. The vehicle can cover up to 20 miles in all-electric mode. The driving range, based on a battery capacity of 12.4 kWh and a 16.9-gallon fuel tank, is 580 miles.

Volkswagen has configured the design, packaging and technical features of the SUV to be as innovative as its plug-in hybrid drive system. The Tiguan is the first SUV to be based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB), and demonstrates intelligent space utilization. The GTE Active Concept projects an authentic off-road look and makes a powerful impression with its stylish, taut proportions.

Moreover, the Tiguan GTE Active Concept is also equipped with safety systems such as Front Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking and pedestrian monitoring, an active hood for pedestrian protection, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Another highlight of the concept car is its infotainment system: the Tiguan GTE Active Concept features the top level of the latest generation infotainment systems and is equipped with a 9.2-inch touchscreen, gesture control (implemented for the first time in this class), an Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) and a head-up display.

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New Golf R with 296hp Announced

NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R RECEIVES HORSEPOWER BOOST, BUT USES LESS FUEL

• New car has 296 horsepower, but is 18 percent more fuel efficient
• New TSI® 2.0-liter engine propels DSG®-equipped Golf R from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds
• Car features new 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system
• With the DSG transmission, Golf R has EC Combined fuel economy of 34 mpg

Wolfsburg, Germany –  This is the year of the Golf. The first six months of 2013 have already seen the debuts of the new Golf GTI, Golf GTD, Golf Variant, and Golf TDI BlueMotion. Volkswagen is continuing its Golf product offensive with the flagship of the model series—the new Golf R. The sports car of the lineup is powered by a newly designed 296-horsepower TSI® engine, which is 30 hp stronger but up to 18 per cent more fuel efficient than the engine in the previous model.
New Vw Golf R
Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model also transfers its turbocharged power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system; in this case, the latest version of the 4MOTION® system with a fifth-generation Haldex® coupling. To ensure great chassis dynamics, there’s a new sport suspension, the progressive variable-ratio steering system, and a stability control system (“ESC Sport”) which can now be deactivated for track driving. Other highlights include the optional DCC dynamic chassis control system that features a Race mode.

With a manual transmission, the Golf R reaches 62 mph from rest in just 5.3 seconds, an improvement of 0.4 sec over the previous Golf R. With the DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, the car completes the sprint in just 4.9 seconds. The Golf R’s top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

Despite the car’s exceptionally agile handling and extra power, fuel consumption of the manual Golf R was reduced from 28 to 33 mpg. CO2 emissions also improved from 199 to 165 g/km. Equipped with a Stop-Start system, battery regeneration, and the optional DSG transmission, the car is even more fuel efficient, with an EC Combined figure of 34 mpg (159 g/km CO2).

The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side skirts, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, the Golf R can also be visually distinguished by details such as: standard Bi-Xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in a dual-U design); dark red LED taillights; and a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tips. Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats in a “fabric-Alcantara®” material mix, a leather-trimmed three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambient lighting, automatic climate control, and a touchscreen radio system. The most powerful and fuel-efficient Golf R will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year, in two- and four-door forms.

High-tech turbocharged engine
The Golf R has an even more advanced version of the EA888 four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter engine that’s fitted to the new Golf GTI. Compared to the 227-hp GTI engine, the engineers boosted power by 69 hp to 296 hp, delivered at 5500 rpm, thus creating one of the most powerful four-cylinder production engines in the world. Maximum torque has been increased by 22 pound-feet to 280 lb-ft, available over a broad speed band from 1800 to 5500 rpm. To attain this output, the Golf R’s 1984-cc engine was subjected to a motorsports-style development program. The following components were modified or completely redesigned compared to the GTI engine: the cylinder head (together with exhaust valves, valve seats, and springs), pistons, high-pressure injection valves, and turbocharger.

Efficient thermal management. Many of the EA888 series engines have innovative engineering solutions such as water-cooled exhaust gas channels running through the cylinder head to the turbocharger (to reduce efficiently full-load fuel consumption) and a dual injection system with direct injection and multi-port injection. Thanks to its new fully-electronic coolant control system, the Golf R’s TSI engine has much more efficient thermal management with a reduced warm-up phase; this reduces frictional losses and fuel consumption. In addition, the TSI engine has variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust sides, as well as two-stage exhaust-valve lift. This enables optimal control of the charge exchange process for better performance, fuel economy and low emissions.

Volkswagen Golf R illustration
4MOTION all-wheel drive system

The Golf R has always used 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive. The latest generation system is now being used in the fourth-generation Golf R. Using refinements such as the Haldex 5 coupling, the 4MOTION system is activated before any wheelspin occurs, eliminating nearly all traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, the front wheels are driven and the rear axle is decoupled, helping to save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be variably engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary. This is done via the Haldex coupling, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.

A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear wheels and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should be closed by activating the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates in proportion to the torque desired at the rear axle. So, the amount of pressure applied to the clutch plates can be used to continuously vary the amount of torque going between the front and rear wheels. If necessary, nearly 100 per cent of the drive torque can be directed to the rear wheels.

In addition to the Haldex coupling that acts as a longitudinal lock, four electronic differential locks (EDS) that are a function of the electronic stability control system act as lateral locks. The system briefly brakes a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side.

In addition, the Golf R is equipped with the cross differential lock (XDS) at the front and rear axles. In the latest version, known as XDS+, this functionality is applied to a larger range of dynamic performance, making the vehicle more agile. When the car is being driven fast, brake pressure is applied to the inside wheel to restore optimal traction as soon as the electronics detect excessively light loads. XDS+ thereby operates as a transverse differential lock that compensates for understeer during fast cornering.

ESC Sport. The new Golf R is equipped with “ESC Sport” as standard. The system is activated by a two-stage switch on the center console. When the driver presses this switch briefly, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) switches to the “ESC Sport” mode. In very fast driving with lots of bends, such as on a race track, the ESC system has a higher threshold. When the ESC button is pressed for longer than three seconds, the system is fully deactivated for high-performance driving on a track, a feature that is available only on the Golf R.

Sport suspension
The Golf R features a sport suspension setup that is specifically tuned to the car. Compared to the base Golf, its ride height was lowered by 0.8 inches, which makes the Golf R lower by 0.2 inches than the GTI. In the Golf R, the strut-type front suspension has a newly developed lower wishbone and the multi-link rear suspension was enhanced with new tuning of the toe link bearings.

The engineers designed the running gear of the new Golf R for maximum driving fun combined with extraordinary stability and good long-distance comfort. Compared to the previous model, steering response was improved thanks to the new “progressive” variable ratio steering rack. In addition, maximum attainable cornering speeds were significantly increased and understeer all but eliminated.

Progressive steering. Like the Golf GTI, the Golf R is equipped with the newly developed progressive steering system as standard. With progressive steering, there are 2.1 turns of the wheel (380 degrees) from lock to lock, compared with 2.75 turns (500 deg) for less powerful Golf models it takes 2.75 turns. The new steering operates with a progressive gear ratio, perceptibly reducing steering effort in maneuvering and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, the experience is enhanced because the steering is more direct.

DCC. The new Golf R can be ordered with the second-generation DCC dynamic chassis control as an option. DCC offers three driving modes: ‘Comfort’, ‘Normal’, and ‘Sport’, which are selected and displayed via the center console touchscreen as part of the “Driving Profile Selector” functionality. In “Sport” mode, the dampers are stiffened for more agile handling.

The DCC system adaptively controls the damper valves via a further developed and refined control algorithm. DCC takes input signals from wheel displacement sensors and accelerometers as well as vehicle information from the Chassis-CAN bus to compute these values and adaptively adjust the optimal damping force for every driving situation. Moreover, damping forces are selectively applied to the four wheels individually. With the new generation of DCC, it is now possible to independently vary rebound and compression damping while cornering.

VW Golf R Photo
Race mode. The Driving Profile Selector has four programs in the Golf R, and five in conjunction with DCC: “Eco”, “Normal”, “Individual”, and a “Race” mode that has been specially designed for the Golf R. In combination with DCC, “Comfort” mode is also available. All modes were specifically tuned for the Golf R.

In “Race” mode, damping is increased and engine response and the shift points of the DSG transmission are configured to be even sportier. In the “Individual” driving profile, the driver can combine mode settings for various individual parameters. In the “Eco” driving profile, on the other hand, the engine controller, air conditioning, and other auxiliary units are controlled for optimal fuel economy. Vehicles with DSG also have a coasting function in Eco mode: When the driver releases the accelerator pedal, such as slowing down for a traffic light or going downhill, the DSG disengages and the engine idles.

Brakes.
 The Golf R has uprated brakes, shared with the GTI Performance. At the front, the car has 13.4-mm diameter vented discs that are 1.2 inches thick, while the rear rotors are 12.2 by 0.9 inches. The black brake calipers have the R logo on them: up front the brake pistons are 2.4 inches in diameter and are 1.7 inches at the back.

Exterior 
Volkswagen R GmbH has developed numerous new exterior features for the flagship Golf. They include the bumpers, side skirts, rear diffuser, dual chrome exhaust tips per side, the lighting design, and standard 18-inch and optional 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Front end. The Golf R can be distinguished from the front by a new bumper design with exceptionally large air inlets, a modified radiator grille that sports an “R” logo, and newly developed daytime running lights that are integrated into the Bi-Xenon headlight housings. The LED daytime running lights form a distinctive dual “U” design beneath the headlights.

Side profile. From the side, the Golf R is characterized by newly designed 18-inch “Cadiz” aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 225/40 tires, black brake calipers with the “R” logo, body-color “R”-style side skirts, “R” badges on the front fenders, and “Matt chrome” door mirror caps. The car may also be ordered with optional “Cadiz” 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels or “Pretoria” motorsports-style wheels.

Rear section. Rear details that define the new Golf R include smoked LED taillights with a distinctive light-colored stripe in the middle, an “R” design diffuser, four chrome tailpipes, and an “R” logo on the trunklid.

Eight colors. The range of exterior paints comprises eight body colors. A new paint was created specifically and exclusively for the Golf R: “Lapis Blue Metallic”. Alternative color choices are “Pure White”, “Tornado Red”, “Night Blue”, “Limestone Grey Metallic”, “Reflex Silver Metallic”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect” and “Oryx White”.

Interior 
As in the three previous Golf R models, Volkswagen R GmbH has extensively upgraded the interior. The most powerful Golf is equipped with what are known as top sport seats in the front. The middle panels are designed in “Race” fabric (“Titan Black”) with black backstitching. Meanwhile, the side panels are executed in Alcantara (“Crystal Grey”). The outer surfaces of the seats and the head restraints are designed in “Clip” cloth upholstery (“Titan Black”). “Crystal Grey” decorative seams form a contrast to the dark areas. An “R” logo is embossed on the backrests of the front seats.

As an option, Volkswagen also offers a Nappa-carbon leather package. Here, the outer seat surfaces, inner side support panels, and head restraints are all upholstered in dark “Carbon” Nappa leather. Meanwhile, the middle seat panels may be ordered in either dark or light Nappa leather (“Anthracite” or “Modern Grey”). The decorative seams are also “Crystal Grey”. Leather is also used to trim the upper and lower grip zones of the three-spoke “R” sport steering wheel. Last but not least, the steering wheel’s lower cross bar has a chrome “R” logo.

The decorative inlays of the dashboard and door trim panels feature the “Carbon Touch” design; ambient lighting is also integrated in the door trim panels as standard. The door sill guards are illuminated as well (in blue). The pedals and foot supports are also designed with a stainless-steel look as standard.

“R” design instruments. The instruments and the touchscreen’s start menu were also customized. When the ignition is switched on, the illuminated light-blue tach and speedometer needles sweep once across the entire scale to their end pins. The instrument needles are also automatically illuminated as soon as the driver’s door is opened. The radio or navigation-system touchscreen shows an animated “R” logo on startup.

Radio and radio-navigation systems. Volkswagen has equipped the Golf R with redesigned radio and radio/navigation systems, all of which have touchscreens as standard. The new generation system is available in three different display sizes: 5 inches, 5.8 inches and 8 inches. For the first time, Volkswagen has fitted proximity sensors on screens that are 5.8 inches and above: as soon as the driver or front passenger moves a finger near to the touchscreen, the system automatically switches from display mode to input mode

Overview
Automatic gearbox: Six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic
Cargo capacity: 12.1 cubic feet to 43.5 cu ft
Colors: “Tornado Red”, “Pure White”, “Lapis Blue Metallic”, “Reflex Silver Metallic”, “Limestone Grey Metallic”, “Night Blue Metallic”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect” and “Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect”
Drive system: All-wheel drive
Engines – gasoline: 296-hp 2.0 TSI
Market launch, Europe: Fourth quarter of 2013
Prices (Germany): from €38,325
Production location: Wolfsburg plant
Running gear: Front: strut-type with lower control arm and anti-roll bar. Rear: multilink suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar
Standard gearbox: Six-speed manual
Wheels: Standard wheels: 18-inch “Cadiz” aluminum-alloy wheels. Optional wheels: 19-inch “Cadiz” and “Pretoria” aluminum-alloy wheels

New Volkswagen Golf R
About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.

Notes:
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“DSG”, “TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, “4Motion”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. “Alcantara” is a registered trademark of Alcantara S.P.A. “Haldex” is a registered trademark of Haldex Traction Systems, Sweden.

89mpg Volkswagen 7-Seater SUV

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VOLKSWAGEN CROSSBLUE MID-SIZE SUV CONCEPT MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT AT THE NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

• Six-seater mid-size SUV concept designed (by vw) specifically for North America
• Innovative diesel-electric plug-in-hybrid powertrain offers manufacturer estimated fuel economy rating of 35 mpg combined, 89 mpge in electric mode
• Concept is built off the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) components set
• Range in all-electric mode is up to 14 miles
• 305 horsepower; 516 pound-feet of torque; 0 to 60 mph estimated at 7.2 seconds
• Sophisticated, spacious, flexible, and elegant interior space
• Exterior is a marriage of clean, timeless Volkswagen design language with the masculine character of an American SUV

Detroit, Mich. –  The versatile CrossBlue SUV concept that is making its global debut at the North American International Auto Show was developed specifically for the U.S. and Canada. If it goes into production, the CrossBlue would flesh out the Volkswagen SUV lineup with a seven-seat midsize crossover that slots in above the Tiguan and below the premium Touareg.The CrossBlue features a highly innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain that mates a TDI® Clean Diesel engine with two electric motors, a DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, and an electric all-wheel-drive system that is dubbed “propshaft by wire.” Volkswagen’s manufacturer estimated fuel economy rating is 89 mpge combined in electric mode and 35 mpg as a hybrid. As well as offering excellent economy for a mid-size crossover SUV, the CrossBlue has impressive performance from a powertrain that produces up to 305 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque: 0 to 60 mph is estimated to take just 7.2 seconds.The CrossBlue runs in zero emissions mode either at the press of a button or automatically. With a fully charged 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery, the CrossBlue can travel a distance of 14 miles in all-electric mode; to achieve optimal driving range, the top speed is reduced from 127 mph to 75 mph. The overall driving range is 661 miles if the 18.5-gallon fuel tank is filled with ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel.The CrossBlue concept, which boasts six individual seats, combines the visual impact of an SUV with the spaciousness and flexibility of a minivan. With a comfortable highway ride, good all-around visibility, and a full raft of safety features that includes up to 12 airbags, the concept car is a spacious and safe cruiser.The CrossBlue was designed in Germany under the leadership of Walter de Silva (Head of Design, Volkswagen Group) and Klaus Bischoff (Head of Design, Volkswagen Brand), in close coordination with Volkswagen of America. The vehicle merges the clean lines of German Volkswagen design DNA with the masculine character of an American SUV. This results in a very realistic vehicle that eschews showcar gaudiness to give a glimpse at a potential new Volkswagen SUV.“The CrossBlue concept is exactly the right type of vehicle for the U.S. market,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “It combines a truly versatile interior layout with sophisticated Volkswagen design, to give a unique and supremely stylish offering in this segment. Moreover, the vehicle showcases our innovative German powertrain engineering and the bandwidth of the new MQB architecture.”A Volkswagen Made for America Painted in “CrossBlue Glass Flake”, the concept is 196.3 inches long, 79.3 inches wide, and 68.2 inches high. It assumes a very confident stance on the road thanks to wide front and rear tracks of 66.4 and 66.8 inches respectively, 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/45 tires, and significantly flared wheelarches.Contrasting with the body color is stainless-steel trim that runs all around the SUV’s lower body section. Developed by a team led by Marc Lichte (Senior Designer, Volkswagen Brand), the CrossBlue features a very prominent and long hood that integrates the engine’s air intakes, a roofline that is also long, and a very short frontal overhang. The vehicle’s silhouette ascends slightly towards the rear, a visual impression that’s reinforced by a widening character line that runs from the headlights back to the taillights. Typically for a Volkswagen, there’s a precisely styled line above this.

The CrossBlue is equipped with two “fuel doors”—the filler neck for the diesel tank is on the passenger side, and engineers integrated two electrical sockets behind the door on the driver’s side. The first socket is used to charge the lithium-ion battery and the second can be used to connect electrical devices such as coolers or camping lights. In this case, the CrossBlue acts as an auxiliary electrical generator.

A key element of Volkswagen design DNA is the predominance of horizontal lines at the front and rear of the vehicle. The Volkswagen design team has further developed this in the CrossBlue. The radiator grille trim, consisting of two solid aluminum struts and a centrally positioned VW logo, is now a three-dimensional element that extends into the headlights and defines the entire front end. The upper aluminum strut frames the dual headlights, while the lower strut transitions into a line that extends across the entire front end and visually lengthens the grille. This gives the CrossBlue the appearance of being wider than it actually is.

The Volkswagen designers attended to even the smallest of details with great care. The air intakes in the bumper are an example. They are trimmed by horizontally mounted, black-painted pieces that are actually three-dimensional honeycomb structures when you examine them closely. Beneath the bumper, the front end is finished by stainless-steel-style trim and integrated underbody protection.

As at the front end, the designers accentuated the sculpted LED taillights with aluminum elements as well. From a styling perspective, the taillights are designed in the form of an “E” that opens towards the vehicle centerline. In the inner area, the contours of these two “Es” are trimmed in aluminum. The prominent tailpipes have a stainless-steel look and are integrated in a trim panel that features underbody protection.

Ample Space and Maximum Comfort
The interior is a key part of any crossover utility vehicle and the CrossBlue’s is ultra-stylish, luxurious, and versatile. The team headed by Tomasz Bachorsky (Lead Designer, Volkswagen Brand) equipped the concept car with six individual seats in three rows. In a production version, the second row would have the option of three seats to make it a full seven seater. Although the third row features stadium-style seating, which children will appreciate, headroom is excellent throughout the vehicle: 42.4 inches up front, 40.2 inches in the middle, and 37.6 inches in the rear. Legroom is ample, too, with 37.3 inches in the second row and 36.1 inches in the third row. Convenient access to the rear seats is assured by sliding second-row seats that can be managed with a single hand movement.

Behind the third seating row is a spacious cargo area. With the third row folded, load length is 48.8 inches, a figure that increases to 83.5 inches with the second row stowed. A fully folding front passenger seat means that objects up to 118 inches long can be accommodated inside the CrossBlue, perfect for the weekend run to the home improvement store.
The CrossBlue is not only an extremely spacious and comfortable SUV; it is also a very sophisticated one from the point of view of its materials and its precise styling and form language. In the process, the designers and engineers created an interior that will likely set new standards for this class.

As soon as the driver starts the SUV, the round-shaped controls for the lights, climate control, and the four-wheel-drive system emerge from their flush resting positions. The controls have rugged aluminum surrounds: aluminum is one of the predominant materials in the interior and is used for the air vent surrounds and the array of switches as well as for such features as the steering wheel spokes.

Leather and wood are also used to finish the interior. Oona Scheepers, Head of Color & Trim, decided to use especially distinctive dark stained banana tree wood accents. The lines of these wood accents “flow” from the sporty gearshift area and ascend the center console and across the lower instrument panel to the door trim, playing a large role in defining the interior space in the front of the vehicle. Above these wood accents and around the two-part center armrest, dark “Marble Gray” leather is used, with light beige “St Tropez” leather, trim pieces, and fabrics used beneath the wood accents and on the seats.

Contemporary technologies are integrated with these refined materials to make a clear design statement. Positioned centrally on the center console is a 10.2-inch touchscreen that is framed by an aluminum surround and central air vents. The large touchscreen is not only used to control all infotainment functions, but also to access the status of the hybrid system. Another new feature is a 3D display of either the navigation route or the contents of the media center. All the important switches in the passenger compartment—except for the hazard flasher switch—are soft-touch components that have a similar feel to using a touchscreen.

The instruments are also high-tech. The instrument cluster is designed to be user programmable, offering a wide variety of functions and displays. For example, the CrossBlue can be driven in different powertrain modes: information related to the “Eco” mode is shown with a blue background, while the “Sport” setting is shown in red.

The on-board entertainment system is as cool as it gets. To ensure that second- and third-row passengers can fully enjoy audio, video, and online entertainment, iPad® mini devices are integrated as monitors in the front-row head restraints. A Fender® Premium Audio System ensures concert-hall-quality sound throughout the vehicle. Second- and third-row occupants also have full control over the climate-control system in their part of the vehicle.

Drivetrain Combines Efficiency and Fun
The CrossBlue is based on Volkswagen’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) components set. This vehicle brings together MQB elements that could underpin a future generation of SUVs, such as the front and rear suspensions, the 190-horsepower TDI Clean Diesel engine from the new EA288 family, and a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. These components are combined with electrical parts that are also “made by Volkswagen,” such as the lithium-ion battery in the center tunnel and the 54-hp front and 114-hp rear electric motors. The Cross Coupé compact SUV concept—also being shown for the first time in the U.S. in Detroit—uses a similar powertrain concept, showing the extent of the MQB‘s modularity.

The CrossBlue is as efficient as it is sporty. As already noted, Volkswagen estimates 89 mpge in electric mode and 35 mpg combined running as a hybrid, as well as a 0 to 60 mph time of just 7.2 seconds. Although the combined power output of 305 hp is impressive, the torque characteristics are amazing. The TDI Clean Diesel engine makes 295 lb-ft from just 1750 rpm, while the electric motors produce their torque—133 lb-ft at the front wheels and 199 lb-ft at the rear—immediately. Combined, the system can produce up to 516 lb-ft, a stout number.

Different Operating Modes: The CrossBlue’s default mode is as a classic hybrid. The electric motor is used for propulsive power as often as possible in this situation. The driver can also switch to “Eco” or “Sport” modes by pressing a button to the right of the shift lever. In Eco mode, parameters such as the throttle map and air conditioning are controlled for minimal fuel and electrical consumption. In Sport mode, the drive system’s maximum power potential is exploited. Other available modes are: offroad, where all-wheel-drive is permanently engaged; charging; and EV mode, where it drives as an electric vehicle.

Powered by its lithium-ion battery, the CrossBlue can cover a distance of up to 14 miles as an EV, although top speed is reduced from 127 mph to 75 mph. In E-mode, only the 114-hp rear electric motor propels the vehicle and the TDI engine is shut off and decoupled from the drivetrain. Even at speeds of up to 75 mph, the internal combustion engine is not engaged as long as the battery has sufficient charge. As soon as there is a need for TDI power, it is coupled to the drivetrain again, jolt-free, within fractions of a second.

The CrossBlue’s lithium-ion battery has an energy capacity of 9.8 kWh and is housed in the center tunnel. The power electronics unit integrated in the engine compartment operates at a level of around 370V and manages the flow of high-voltage energy to and from the battery and the electric motors. A DC/DC converter supplies the vehicle’s electrical system with the 12-volt power it needs. The battery can be charged either by external power sources or by the TDI engine while the vehicle is in motion.

The driver can intentionally switch over to a charging mode by pressing another button on the center console. The TDI engine charges the battery while driving in order to store enough electrical energy for EV operation later in the journey—for instance, in an urban area.

There are also a number of other specific modes that automatically come into play, depending on the circumstances.

Coasting: As soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the engine and electric motors are decoupled from the drivetrain and the engine is shut off, provided that the battery is sufficiently charged. This is referred to as “coasting.” No emissions are generated.

Battery regeneration: Whenever the driver releases the accelerator pedal or applies the brakes, and the battery is insufficiently charged, the two electric motors act as generators and feed energy recovered from the brakes into the lithium-ion battery. In this case, the TDI engine is also shut off and decoupled from the drivetrain to ensure maximum regeneration.

Boosting: When very sporty performance is required, the electric motors form an alliance with the TDI engine known as “boosting”: in this mode, all four wheels are driven.

Offroad (“propshaft by wire”): All four wheels are also driven whenever offroad mode is intentionally activated. In this case, however, the front electric motor—which is now supplied with energy by the TDI engine—operates exclusively as a generator and a power source for the electric motor at the rear. Since the energy for driving the rear wheels is electrical rather than mechanical, this is referred to as “propshaft by wire”. Because the TDI engine drives the front wheels in off¬road mode, the four-wheel-drive system is still operational even when the battery doesn’t have much charge.

TDI only: When the TDI engine is the sole source for propulsive power, the CrossBlue is a pure front-wheel-drive vehicle. Thanks to the efficient turbocharged, common-rail, direct fuel-injection diesel engine, the concept car is still very fuel-efficient. Based on manufacturer estimates, the CrossBlue would attain 37 mpg highway and 33 mpg city, values that a gasoline-engined SUV would find hard to match.