SUV concept uses diesel hybrid power
Volkswagen has unveiled a new concept car for the SUV fans out there at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. The concept vehicle is called the CrossBlue and it's a very interesting concept that uses a diesel engine with plug-in hybrid technology. Volkswagen says that if the vehicle went into production it would enrich the Volkswagen lineup adding a seven-seat midsize SUV larger than the other SUV models its offers.
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The powertrain for the SUV uses a TDI clean diesel engine mated to a pair of E-motors and a dual-clutch transmission. Volkswagen believes that the vehicle when in hybrid mode would achieve a fuel economy rating of 89 MPGe, which would be a first for a four-wheel-drive SUV. When operating in diesel mode the vehicle would get 35 mpg.
The engine would produce 225 kW of power and 708 nm of torque. The vehicle will be able to hit 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The addition you also have the ability to work with battery power only at the touch of a button giving an all-electric driving distance of up to 14 miles. The battery pack is a lithium-ion unit packed in the center tunnel of the vehicle.