North American International Auto Show 2015: Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE

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The Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE is a seven-passenger, 276hp crossover, utilizing a V-6 plug-in hybrid drivetrain including a 3.6 VR6 FSI gas engine and two electric motors, mated to an all-wheel drive system. It’s slated for production at Volkswagen’s plant in Tennessee at the end of 2016.

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What Is Volkswagen Saying?

“The Cross Coupe GTE is the ambassador of a new design language developed by Volkswagen for the U.S.” says Klaus Bischoff, chief designer at Volkswagen. “The concept car has a commanding presence; it is powerful with a look that could almost be described as aggressive.”

“Numerous details hint at how we envision a future production SUV model for North America. The underlying concept combines German engineering and design with a vehicle that suits the American lifestyle. That means high efficiency, clear and powerful design, logical operation and supreme quality—combined with lots of space, superior performance, and outstanding comfort.”

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When Does It Go On Sale?

Volkswagen is still calling the Cross Coupe GTE a “concept,” but it also indicated that it’s going to start production late in 2016, so expect it to go on sale some time in the 2017 calendar year.

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