VW CrossBlue unlikely to target markets outside the US


Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

VW CrossBlue Concept at NAIAS 2013 (15)The VW CrossBlue concept which was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show last month demonstrated the technology capabilities that the German bigwig has in store for SUVs.

The CrossBlue looks like it could suit the requirements outside the American market, however VW thinks that only the US market has a place for such a seven seater crossover SUV. Headlineauto.co.uk reports that the CrossBlue Concept has been signed off for production for the US.

However, VW is reportedly planning at least three other SUVs that could use the technology previewed in the CrossBlue. The new plugin hybrid SUV model line will cater to the European markets.

According to Headlineauto.co.uk, the first of the hybrid SUV’s could be the replacement for the Tiguan, next could be a coupe type model and the third could be a seven seater. All these cars are expected to be underpinned by the MQB platform just like the CrossBlue.

The powertrain consists of two electric motors, one located on the rear axle while the other is paired to the engine. The configuration enables a 4WD drive mode where in the rear wheels are turned by the electric motor. The technology is termed as “profshaft-by-wire”.

The plugin hybrid powertrain could adopt any petrol or diesel motor depending on the market requirements.

[Source: Headlines.co.uk via Thegreencarwebsite.co.uk]

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