Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Volkswagen presents CrossBlue mid-sized SUV concept

Volkswagen presents CrossBlue mid-sized SUV concept

Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau

Volkswagen has promised to double the range of SUVs and crossovers, which currently offered - and is an important addition to the line-up, his first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show this week. CrossBlue called, the mid-sized SUV concept was developed specifically for the North American market.

Clearly, the prototype on display at the North American International Auto Show 2013 offers drive VW the new diesel electric plug-in hybrid, manufacturers provide a technology prides itself on a mix of performance, range and fuel economy segment-leading.

Remains to be seen whether the diesel-hybrid technology is actually offered in the US market, but a production version of the concept of CrossBlue is expected to reach showrooms in the near future. Company officials say that it is important, when they hope that a record sales on the American market reach their destination the setting before the end of the Decade.

"The concept of CrossBlue is exactly the right kind of vehicle for the US market," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "It combines a truly versatile interior with superior design of Volkswagen, give a unique and extremely stylish offering in this segment." In addition, the vehicle shows our innovative German Powertrain engineering and the bandwidth of the new architecture of the MQB."

While in Germany design Chief Walter developed, under the leadership of VW because Silva CrossBlue will two distinctive American niche, equilibrium mixture which describes the manufacturer as "the masculine character of an SUV with the space..." and the flexibility of the minivan

In fact it seems designed to be to serve as an alternative to the long-awaited and ultimately abandoned replacement for the legendary Volkswagen Microvan. The manufacturer has tried repeatedly, a modern version - such as the unfortunate concept of Bulli come - but it has repeatedly failed to find a design, the both would correspond to modern safety standards, while you on with American car buyers also.

Remains to be seen whether the production version of the CrossBlue would serve as a replacement for the bad Routan, which produces VW emblem of Chrysler minivan.

The concept of CrossBlue has six individual seats and security advanced 12 airbags, as well as a variety of other features. The hut is both spacious and well equipped, with the use of wood, leather and chrome trimming more in line with an Audi model as the vehicle of Volkswagen.

The high-tech focus can be seen in almost all details of the CrossBlue of LED rear lights, which form the letter "E" the integrated Infotainment package, which includes a Fender audio system and video players, to see the rear passengers provide their own programming.

The instrument cluster shows now easily the modes go, eco sport in shown red with a blue background.

But it is the diesel plug-in hybrid drive, which generate probably too much of the excitement about the concept of the VW CrossBlue. They pair a compact, clean 190 HP diesel with two electric motors, one on the front axle, the other on the back, an all-wheel electric drive system to create that VW has called "Cardan shaft wire."

All in all can generate the package, is enough, 305 HP and 516 lb-ft torque, and that to start mid-sized crossover from 0 to 60 in 7.2 seconds. Nevertheless it is also provisionally hybrid mpg than conventional 35 and rated 89 MPGe in plug in mode.

Range is estimated at 14 miles with only the CrossBlue of the lithium-ion battery, and 661 km, if a tank full of diesel draw.

Several manufacturers now offer something also, VW and Volvo are considering a diesel-hybrid option in Europe, but the idea that things is the next step with a plugin system.The challenge is probably one of the costs. A premium, which add several much price tag of the vehicle into the thousands of dollars and plugins are elementary hybrids. Diesel, cause now a significant price disadvantage.

While one could make more economic sense in Europe, where motorists currently pay more than $9 per gallon gasoline, it would be a much harder sell in the United States during the CrossBlue concept is expected here with a conventional drive, launch industry analysts point out, that is the diesel plug-in system more likely to make in the production on the other side of the Atlantic.

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