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Detroit 2015: Volkswagen launches Cross Coupe GTE

Volkswagen is now showing the five-passenger Cross Coupe GTE at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Expected to enter production in Tennessee at the end of 2016, this stylish and upscale SUV is the third concept car presented by Volkswagen on the way to the production version of its all-new midsize SUV — and represents just a part of the wide spectrum of SUV variants that can be produced off Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) architecture. 

The all-wheel-drive Cross Coupe GTE uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 3.6L VR6 gasoline engine and two electric motors, with a maximum output of 355 horsepower, acceleration from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in just 6.0 seconds, and a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h). It can travel up to 20 miles (32 km) as an EV.

Outside, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE is painted in Grand Pacific Glacier blue and rides on 22” wheels. The headlights, turn signals and radiator grille merge together seamlessly. 

Meanwhile, the interior features a high-definition 12.3” instrumentation screen and a 10.1” infotainment screen (rear-seat climate settings are also controlled via a touchscreen). The seats feature elegant, two-tone Nappa leather surfaces, with perforated leather in the centre that creates a visual link to the aluminum covers on the high-end speakers in the doors.