A little more than a year ago, Volkswagen brought its CrossBlue Concept to the 2013 Detroit auto show, which detailed the automaker’s plans for a seven-passenger SUV. The CrossBlue Concept made another appearance in Detroit this year, only this time Volkswagen revealed more information about the vehicle – including its diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain – and announced that production for the midsize SUV will begin in North America in 2016.
According to Gizmag, the CrossBlue Concept’s powertrain will include a turbocharged four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine, joining the likes of the 2014 VW Passat, Jetta and Touareg as Volkswagen models with TDI Clean Diesel engines.
The all-new midsize SUV is expected to have several driving modes – including Eco, Sport and Offroad settings – and its projected performance numbers are certainly impressive:
- 89 MPGe combined in hybrid mode
- 35 mpg combined in diesel-only mode
- 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds
The CrossBlue Concept vehicle is designed to be slightly longer than the VW Touareg and will have a number of impressive technological features on the inside, such as a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and iPad minis on the back of the front seat head restraints.