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NAIAS 2015: Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept goes official

NAIAS 2015: Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept goes official image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress UK | posted January 26, 2015 12:24

The AWD hybrid system has a combined output of 358 PS and 379 Nm of torque

After previewing the concept SUV two weeks ago, Volkswagen debuted the Cross Coupe GTE at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

Built by the German automaker to preview an upcoming 7-seater midsize SUV for the US market, the Cross Coupe GTE carries the brand's new design language for US market, along with a new hybrid powertrain that may be used by the company to power their future SUVs.

The rear design of the VW Cross Coupe GTE concept

Much like the preview images that Volkswagen released, the Cross Coupe GTE's exterior is finished in Pacific Glacier Blue and the front end of the SUV features a two-bar aluminum grill that integrates the radiator grill, LED headlights, DRLs and turning signals into one look. The side features sloped A- and C- pillars, short overhangs, flared wheel arches and 22-inch wheels that are wrapped in 285/40/R22 tires.

The rear features a chiseled look that highlights the design language's horizontal lines. It has an aluminum trim for the tailgate, dual exhausts integrated onto the rear bumper, a skidplate fitted with a diffuser and trapezoidal taillights.

The interior of the VW Cross Coupe GTE

The interior uses gloss black panels and chrome trim while the dashboard is covered in Ink Blue nappa leather. It has two-tone semi-aniline nappa leather seats and the center console has a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen that features gesture recognition technology. The instrument panel uses a 12.3-inch screen that displays driver information, drive mode, navigation and assistance functions.

Its hybrid powertrain consists of a 3.6-liter V6 that outputs 276 PS with 349 Nm of torque, 2 electric motors, a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery pack and a AWD system. In total, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE is able to produce 358 PS and 379 Nm of torque. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 6 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 209 km/h.