Volkswagen Crossblue SUV undisguised have been leaked online. The seven-seater is based on the Crossblue concept of 2013, and these latest leaked images suggest the final model will stay true to that car’s design. When launched, the production car will slot between the Tiguan and Touareg in Volkswagen’s growing international SUV line-up.
Its design has evolved from the large SUV look first seen on the new Tiguan and due to be integrated onto the exterior of the 2017 Touareg. However, the Crossblue does get its own distinct features as well, which include a muscular bonnet and squared-off wheel arches, giving it a more rugged appearance.
The 2013 Crossblue concept had a 190hp 2.0-litre diesel engine supported by two electric motors – a 55hp one sited next to the combustion engine at the front, and a 116hp one mounted at the rear. Together, the three power sources provided a combined power of around 306hp, with a peak torque figure of 699.60Nm. Energy for the electric motors was supplied by a 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery, which was mounted in the floor of the cargo area.
A hybrid drivetrain resembling this is unsurprisingly expected to be included in the Crossblue’s engine line-up, alongside more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines. One of the leaked images of the SUV’s rear shows a ‘V6′ badge, possibly indicating that a turbocharged V6 engine could be offered in certain markets as well.
As standard, the Crossblue production model will be front-driven, with four-wheel drive available as an option. It could be standard on the most powerful models. Volkswagen hasn’t revealed when the Crossblue will go into production, but it is expected to make its debut at the 2017 Detroit motor show.
A sportier Crossblue Coupe, as previewed by Volkswagen’s Shanghai 2013 concept, could be produced in the future. Below the Touareg, Crossblue and Tiguan, the carmaker will also add production versions of its T-Cross and T-Roc concepts to the range. These compact SUV models will get their own, more ‘urban’ look.