VW CrossBlue Coupe Leaks Early


Images of VW’s compact crossover concept have popped up early, revealing a potential rival to the Range Rover Evoque.

Leakedimages of the VW CrossBlue Coupe Concept have hit the web ahead of the car’sunveiling at the Shanghai Auto Show this weekend. Following the seven-seatCrossBlue concept revealed in Detroit earlier this year, which showcased thepossibility of a Tiguan XL model, the five-seat CrossBlue Coupe previews thenext-generation Tiguan. The crossover concept further hints at the futuredesign direction of the brand, while suggesting VW’s SUV lineup could beaugmented by a Range Rover Evoque rival.

With its sleek and sporting exterior, the CrossBlue Coupe concept has a narrow front grille and LED headlights, large front air intakes and a hood with twin air vents. Plastic cladding wraps the car’s lower edges, there’s plenty of matte aluminum trim, while the rear boasts a tailgate-mounted spoiler, LED taillights and an integrated dual exhaust system. The layout of the interior mimics that of the original CrossBlue concept, with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, large gear lever, centrally-mounted display screen and a wide center console. A more upmarket feel comes courtesy of leather seats, metallic trim, gloss-black accents, and headrest-mounted screens to entertain rear passengers.

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Initial reports suggest power will come from a hybrid powerplant, consisting of a gasoline-burning turbocharged direct-injection V6 with two electric motors. Output is projected at 415 horsepower, 0-62 at 5.9 seconds, and fuel efficiency at 78.4 mpg. The concept also boasts an electric-only range of 20.5 miles.