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Volkswagen Introduces Cross Coupe GTE Concept; New Model Looks Production Ready

Production variant will be built in Tennessee next year.

It’s taken a couple of years, but it appears VW is finally ready to move forward on the CrossBlue Concept that launched in Detroit back in 2013, and the CrossBlue Coupe that debuted in Shanghai that year. Unveiled this week in the Motor City, this is the Cross Coupe GTE Concept. The most production-ready concept of the three, the new crossover looks fit for action, with a prominent front fascia, aluminum grille, LED headlights, muscular character lines, a sloping roofline, tailgate-mounted spoiler and 22-inch rims.

A more concept-like interior comes with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.1-inch touchscreen display, semi-aniline nappa leather seats, and aluminum accents. Riding on VW’s MQB architecture, the Cross Coupe GTE is powered by a 3.6-liter VR6 engine mated to two electric motors (one on each axle) with a combined output of 355 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The five-seater can hit 60 mph in six seconds en route to a 130 mph top speed, while returning 70 MPGe and a 20-mile all-electric range. VW revealed the production model will boast seven seats and will be the second model to be built at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant at the end of 2016.

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