Volkswagen announced their incursion into the passionately contested midsize SUV market this month with the expose of the Cross Blue concept. Should it reach production the seven passenger plug-in diesel hybrid would bring VW one step closer to their eventual goal of complete world domination.
It’s no accident the Cross Blue bears more than a passing similarity to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and is arrogant to achieve a projected 89 miles per gallon electric. Regardless of whether or not the thought really makes it to showrooms VW is using it to make their intentions clear.
Futuristic as a diesel-electric hybrid might sound the combination makes a entire lot of sense coming from Volkswagen. Their clean diesel engines are usually about 30-35% more competent than gasoline-powered counterparts. That could be one of the only motive we haven’t seen a diesel-hybrid from Volkswagen earlier; their TDI diesels can already contend with the fuel-economy of many gas-powered fusion.
The Cross Blue concept doubles down on competence using VW’s 190hp 2-liter EA288 TDI diesel engine to power the front wheels beside with a 54hp electric motor that’s occupied as needed. A second 114hp electric motor drives the rear wheels for an entire output of 305 horsepower. Volkswagen anticipates the Blue will make it from 0-60mph in 7.2 seconds.
Besides fuel-economy the real luxury of the diesel-electric combo is a torque-gasmic festivity of low-end power that both electric motors and diesel engines are best at create. Working in accord the TDI engine and electric motor pair unite to make a whopping 516 lb-ft of torque.
From looks of the Cross Blue concept we can be sure the dub brand has each meaning of getting up in our SUV business. Knowing what we do of their world-wide game plan anything vehicle they choose to produce for the market will be predictable to create quite a stir.