Tokyo 2011: Volkswagen Unveils Cross Coupe Concept

We knew Volkswagen would probably have something up its sleeve at the Tokyo show, but this one surprised us all. The Cross Coupé concept takes the wacky proportions from cars like the BMW X6 and Acura ZDX, grafts on VW’s newest design language, and applies it to a compact, Tiguan-sized package.

Volkswagen claims this is the first vehicle based on its new modular transverse matrix (MQB) plantform. And rather than TDI power, which VW has become synonymous for over the past decade, the Cross Coupé is powered by gas-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain. The specific displacement of the engine wasn’t divulged in the release, but based on the power output of 148 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque, we’re lead to believe it’s the company’s 1.4-liter TSI gasoline turbo engine.

Suspiciously specific for just a “concept,” VW disclosed the weight of the car (with a full fuel tank) at 3854 pounds. Thankfully, the gas engine gets a boost from not one, but two electric motors, one powering the front axle and another powering the rear axle. The front electric motor produces 54 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque, while the rear motor puts out 114 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The claimed combined output of the gas engine and electric motors is 262 net horsepower.

Being a plug-in hybrid, the Cross Coupé is capable of a 25 mile all-electric range, with a claimed total hypothetical range of 531 miles. Despite all the talk of efficiency, it doesn’t seem like VW neglected the performance, as a sprightly 0-62 time (0-90 km/h) of seven seconds flat and a top speed of 125 mph is listed. In all-electric mode, top speed is limited to 75 mph.

The Cross Coupé places a higher emphasis on style than outright functionality — it seats four and has a respectable, if not outstanding, cargo capacity of 13.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and 43.4 with them folded. However, considering the vehicle’s tidy overall dimensions close to that of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque with a 103.5-inch wheelbase, 73.5-inch width, and 171.1-inch length, it’s reasonably accommodating.

No official word on if or when this concept will go into production, but unlike many of the concepts shown at the Tokyo show, this one looks very production-ready.

For the complete story on the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, be sure to click over toAutomobile’s Tokyo Motor Show home page, with all the latest photos, information, and much more on all things Tokyo.

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