Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Detroit Debut

Like we announced, Volkswagen has introduced the new five-seat crossover at the 2015 NAIAS, called the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE. The Detroit premiere of the crossover concept brought a really refreshing style and something to hope for.

Based on the CrossBlue Coupe concept, the VW Cross Coupe GTE is something different. It looks rough and athletic. In order to divert from the current crossover and SUV range, the German automaker decided to employ a boxy, but smart design and to build a crossover on the MQB platform.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Front Fascia Tunnel

The fact that the crossover has been built on the MQB architecture means that the Cross Coupe GTE concept gets what a number of the other automaker’s models have – a sense of confidence, rigidity, lightweight technology and numerous options.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Side View

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Exterior Design

The exterior design of the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE is evidently different than anything before. Introduced wearing Grand Pacific Glacier blue tone, the concept has some distinctive brand’s design cues, but it also has a powerful stance and assertive personality. To put things in perspective, the Cross Coupe GTE is 190.8 inches long, 79.9 inches wide and 68.3 inches high.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept 2015 NAIAS Premiere

Volkswagen Board Member Heinz-Jakob Neußer presenting the SUV Concept Cross Coupe GTE at the 2015 NAIAS

Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen chief designer, said:

 “The car makes a visual statement from every angle. Regardless of whether you imagine the Cross Coupe GTE in Manhattan, driving along the Pacific Coast Highway in California or in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, this SUV looks upscale everywhere.”

It’s important to say that the crossover has been developed with American customers in mind. The only measurement unit which can be used to determine how successful they’ve been is the number of units sold.

VW Cross Coupe GTE

The exterior of the VW Cross Coupe GTE is very clean and clear. Straight edges complement each other in order to finally shape the crossover’s body. A powerful full-width grille, inherently connected to the attractive LED headlights, is what makes the concept’s front fascia so striking.

VW Cross Coupe GTE Rear

Interior and Tehnology

Inside the crossover, the automaker placed a glimpse into the future of the VW vehicles. Thanks to the new design language, the cabin of the Cross Coupe GTE reveals the new style whose clear feel has been harmonized with the exterior.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Interior

As every other concept used to illustrate what an automaker will bring to the market tomorrow, the Cross Coupe GTE is loaded with technology. Gloss black, chrome and aluminum accents really go along with large displays and the rest of the interior. According to the automaker, the interior of the Cross Coupe GTE is inspired by the Bauhaus movement.

VW Cross Coupe GTE Concept Interior

The infotainment system is displayed on a 10.1-inch screen that’s located at the completely new center stack. It comes with gesture control and proximity sensors. Below this screen, they placed a climate control touchscreen where you can control heating and cooling of the seats, too.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Dashboard

The 12.3-inch instrumentation screen is conventionally shaped, but everything displayed there is digital in high resolution. The screen has 1,440 x 540 pixel resolution.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe Exterior Rear

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GLE Hybrid Powertrain

The Volkswagen Cross Coupe GLE announced that, since it’s based on the MQB platform, the production models could come with a wide array of powertrains. The concept has a 3.6-liter VR6 gasoline engine paired with two electric motors.

The six-cylinder mill is able to generate 276 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The front electric motor delivers 54 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of twist, while the rear electric motor is rated at 114 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Exterior

The 14.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is located in the center tunnel. Thanks to the plug-in hybrid powertrain and its overall power output – 355 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque – the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GLE sprints to 60 mph in six seconds flat. Its top speed is 130 mph.

As for the transmission, the VW Cross Coupe GLE has a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Front Fascia

Driving Profiles

Since they’ve developed a concept which can take you off the road, they provided numerous driving profiles in order to choose the most suitable sub-mode for any particular driving condition. There are: On-road (with Comfort and Eco sub-modes), Off-road (with Rocks, Sludge & Sand and Gravel), Sport and Snow.

VW Cross Coupe GTE Three Quarter Rear

Driving Modes

Aside from the driving profiles, there are five driving modes: E-Mode, Hybrid, GTE, Off-road and Battery Hold / Battery Charge.

E-Mode is an all-electric mode which utilizes electric motors and the current stored at the battery pack. The VW Cross Coupe GLE has all-electric driving range of up to 20 miles.

Hybrid mode is the default mode which uses both the VR6 engine and electric motors. Regenerative braking charges the battery whose juice level remains unchanged.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE SUV Concept

GTE mode is activated by the GTE button. As amazing as its activation seems, this mode is used when you wish to experience the sporty spirit of the VW Cross Coupe GTE.

Off-road is a mode where all four wheels get the power. If the battery has no enough charge, the front electric motor is used as a generation which delivers the power to the motor at the rear axle.

Battery Charge / Battery Hold mode is, as it can be anticipated, used for keeping the level of energy stored in the battery or charging the battery during the ride.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Crossover

Made in Tennessee

The Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE is used as a model which should illustrate how the upcoming mid-size SUV with seven seats will appear. The new seven-seater will be manufactured at the Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Photos: Volkswagen

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