2013 Volkswagen CrossBlue review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 , 10:01:23 byEmil

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Volkswagen CrossBlue

Finally, the new Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept was revealed during the 2013 edition of the Detroit Motor Show. The model was developed especially for the US and Canada. It comes with a very innovative plug-in hybrid power train that mates a TDI Clean Diesel engine with two electric motors. To transfer the output to the wheels, the engineers have used a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electric all-wheel drive system. The estimated fuel consumption of the car reaches 89 mpg on a combined cycle in electric mode and 35 mpg as a hybrid. The power train is capable of generating 305 horsepower and 516 lb. ft. of torque. This output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 7.2 seconds.

It features a 9.8 kW lithium-ion battery which enables the car to travel up to 14 miles in all-electric mode. The top speed is reduced from 127 mph to 75 mph. You should also know that the overall driving range is 661 miles. The new concept comes with six individual seats and it combines the visual impact of an SUV with the spaciousness and flexibility of a minivan. In terms of safety, the new VW CrossBlue Concept offers a comfortable highway ride, good all-around visibility and a full raft of safety features that include12 airbags. It uses 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels covered in 235 / 45 tires to send the output to the road.

The interior offers a stylish and versatile feel. In a production version, the second row would have the option of three seats to make it a full seven seat car. The access to the rear seats is assured by sliding second-row seats that can be managed with a single hand movement. To finish the interior space, the designers have used leather and wood as well.

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