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.


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.”


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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