VW sees future in Cross Coupé

2011-12-01 08:30

TOKYO, Japan - VW is showing its Cross Coupé at the Tokyo auto show this week as a "concept of an SUV-of-the-future".

The all-wheel drive, plug-in hybrid hints at how a crossover between a four-door coupé and an SUV could look. It also defines a new stage in VW engineering design as the automaker's first model based on the company’s new "modular transverse matrix" to be shown publicly.


At 4.35m, the concept is longer than a Golf but shorter than a Tiguan. The width of 1.87m and height of 1.52m also fall between these two bestsellers, meaning that the Cross Coupé’s dimensions place it at the heart of the globally in demand A segment. 

The concept car’s 2.63m wheelbase is very long in relation to its overall length (52mm longer than the Golf and 26mm longer than the Tiguan). The overhangs (855mm at the front and 860mm at the back) are correspondingly short to, VW says, give the car a very compact but dynamic appearance, emphasised by wide tracks widths of 1.58m (front) and 1.61m (rear).

It’s not just coupé-like though, VW says: it has off-road performance figures that almost fall into the range of a classic SUV. The angle of approach, for example, is 24.2 degrees, the departure angle 32.5 degrees. The Cross Coupé also has good off-road ground clearance.

COUPE GETS IT ON - ON AND OFF-ROAD: VW says the Cross Coupé, with its all-wheel electric drive and short front and rear overhangs, has real off-road potential.

The design of the car – by a team led by VW Group cheif designer Walter de Silva and brand design chief, Klaus Bischoff – has the characteristic horizontal lines of the VW "face" while linking to the future with a new light-and-grille treatment.  The rear is dominated by steeply angles and distinctive mew light clusters which are combined with SUV-like chunky bumpers and twin tailpipes.

The four-seat Cross Coupé is powered by two electric motors (one front, one rear) which generate 40kW/180Nm and 85kW/270Nm respectively and a TSI direct-injection turbo petrol engine.  VW says the Cross Coupé can accelerate to 100km/h in seven seconds and hum on to a top speed of 200km/h. It can travel as far as 40km on battery power alone.


The all-wheel drive system with its "electric driveshaft" is another VW innovation with the rear axle being driven by the rear electric motor. In this situation power is supplied to the rear electric motor by the one at the front, which during this phase acts as a generator powered by the TSI engine.

This means the flow of electrical energy replaces the conventional transfer of power by a driveshaft – which creates room in the central tunnel (which would usually house the driveshaft) to contain the lithium ion battery.

The resulting low position of the battery and layout of the drive systems give the vehicle a very low centre of gravity and a balanced spread of axle loading which endow the car with dynamic, coupé-like handling qualities.

  • Gareth - 2011-12-01 10:30

    Didn't BMW creat this concept with the X6?????????????????

      Bongani - 2011-12-02 07:29

      Yes they did, and this looks like a car with big wheels. Why would anybody need this?

  • Ryan - 2011-12-01 11:28

    I agree with Gareth, BM did it first so watch VW put this into production with an Audi badge.

      Craig - 2011-12-01 12:38

      so ? are you implying that bmw have never been inspired by others ideas?

      Craig - 2011-12-01 12:40

      the audi q6 has been testing for a while now,so this will stay a vw.

      raath - 2011-12-01 12:45

      This will be different from the X6 in the following aspects: 1. It will be more efficient 2. It will be more affordable 3. It will have actual off-road capabilities 4. It is a damn lot better looking

      trevorlbennett - 2011-12-01 16:53

      @raath, you forgot to mention that it will be less powerful and slower, in order to achieve efficiency and affordability. I'm also wondering what off-road capabilities are you referring to, because a Toureg is as useless as an X5 when it comes to off-road capabilities, same on the X1 and Tiguan, very useless on off-road conditions.

      raath - 2011-12-01 17:32

      @Trev Who won the Dakar rally a few years in a row? The Touareg. I rest my case.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-12-01 21:06

      trevor do you have any idea what you are talking about? The Touareg and the Cayenne use the same platform and both have been applauded for not only being excellent on the road but also actually being able to go off road, the Tiguan is a soft roader so yeah besides gravel roads it's not going to do so well off road.

      trevorlbennett - 2011-12-01 21:33

      @raath, that's great which dealership sells that Touareg that won the race. I am referring to road going vehicles here. @phillip.havenga, quoting from Car Mag, this does not suggest that the Cayenne is superior off-road. "Given those big rims shod with low-profi le rubber and shallower arrival and departure angles, one does tend to treat the X5 with kid gloves off-road and while few of us were initially confi dent of the BMW’s chances off the tarmac, we were pleasantly surprised by its ability to follow the Porsche around a medium-duty section of the offroad course without too much drama. By contrast, the BMW doesn’t feature an air suspension system and its ride is somewhat stiff off-road compared with the Porsche" http://www.carmag.co.za/article/porsche-cayenne-s-vs-bmw-x5-xdrive50i-2010-10-01

  • therealunskinny - 2011-12-01 14:21

    So many VW fanboys on Wheels24.

      John - 2011-12-01 18:10

      Is there something wrong with being a fan of a vehicle that is not a BMW?

      lumifi - 2011-12-01 19:44


      phillip.havenga - 2011-12-01 21:03

      So many damn BMW fanboys on Wheels 24.

  • lumifi - 2011-12-01 19:42


      vann.coke - 2011-12-05 15:00

      @lumifi "ARE THEY PAY BY VW TO MAKE SUCH PROPAGANDA??" Its actually "paid" not pay!

  • lumifi - 2011-12-03 16:50

    Looks like a Dacia Duster...

  • Timothy - 2011-12-04 08:22

    I personally think that this will be a bigger seller because: 1. It's a VW 2. It looks like a Cayenne Perception sells cars Finish and Klaar. We can argue about power, efficiency or offroad capabilities but it won't change a thing.

  • Lennert - 2011-12-06 14:22

    Dakar was won with a modified Toureg. It means nothing in the real world!

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