Volkswagen Shows 130 MPG Diesel-Hybrid Cross Coupe Concept

By Jonathan Spira on 6 March 2012
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At the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen previewed a diesel/plug-in hybrid Cross Coupe concept car capable of getting 130.6 mpg (1.8 l/100km).

The Cross Coupe features a turbodiesel direct-injection (TDI) engine and two electric motors that give it a top speed of 136.7 mph (220 km/h). With 301 horsepower, the Cross Coupe can go from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.5 seconds.

The TDI engine develops 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) of torque at 1,600 rpm. Two supplemental e-motors develop 133 pound-feet (180 Nm) of torque in front and 199 pound-feet (270 Nm) in rear. During boosting, the Cross Coupe’s usage of both motors and the engine means the car has 516 pound-feet (700 Nm) of torque at its disposal.

The Cross Coupe features a pure electric mode, with a top speed of 74 mph (120 km/h), and a range of 28 miles (45 km). When running on the diesel engine alone, the car can charge its battery while driving

If the driver takes his foot off the accelerator, the Cross Coupe enters a “sailing” mode, in which both e-motors and the TDI engine are shut off, and zero emissions are created.

There are no plans to produce the Cross Coupe but It’s likely that we will see some of its elements in the 2014 Tiguan as well as in other Volkswagens currently on the drawing board.