VW CrossBlue Coupe Leaks Early

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

Leaked images of the VW CrossBlue Coupe Concept have hit the web ahead of the car's unveiling at the Shanghai Auto Show this weekend. Following the seven-seat CrossBlue concept revealed in Detroit earlier this year, which showcased the possibility of a Tiguan XL model, the five-seat CrossBlue Coupe previews the next-generation Tiguan. The crossover concept further hints at the future design direction of the brand, while suggesting VW's SUV lineup could be augmented 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.

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.

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