Volkswagen Cross Coupé: new hybrid SUV

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Volkswagen has announced a new version of its hybrid SUV Volkswagen Cross Coupé, claiming record fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. According to the Wolfsburg’s manufacturer, the concept car uses just 1.8 litres of fuel per 100 Km; emitting only 46g of CO2 per Km. These values are particularly relevant considering that the Cross Coupe is a high-performance car with an amazing top speed of 220 km/h.

These astonishing values have been achieved thanks to the combination of new engines, which will be unveiled during the ongoing 2012 Geneva Motor Show: a TDI diesel engine combined with two electric motors, already featured on the petrol version, offering alone an autonomy of 40 Km. The combination of the three units is capable of developing an output of 306 hp.

The Volkswagen Cross Coupé TSi engine, presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011, provides a maximum power of 265 hp. Thanks to this combination the SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7 seconds flat, reaching a top speed of 200 km/h. Fuel consumption is 2.7 litres per 100 km. The new version with TDi engine is not only more environmentally friendly, but also more efficient and powerful.

The Cross Coupé first appearance should be in 2014, allowing Volkswagen to access the line of sportive SUVs, in the styles of Audi Q7 and BMW X6. Its dimensions are quite compact compared to the two rivals, but still bigger than the Volkswagen Tiguan: 4.35 m length, 1.87 m width and 1.52 m height. The car design anticipates the future VW models for this category.

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