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VW CrossBlue PHEV

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by miimura, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. miimura

    miimura Active Member

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    According to Green Car Congress, VW announced that it will produce the CrossBlue at the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant that currently produces the Passat. The CrossBlue was previously confirmed for US launch as reported by InsideEVs. The total investment is reportedly $900 million to introduce this new model, of which approximately $600 million will be invested in Tennessee. The CrossBlue Concept pictured below will likely be introduced in final production form with its final naming at the Detroit auto show.

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    This is a 7 seat SUV with styling tailored for the US market. A range of engines will be offered, including a PHEV with approximately 14 miles all-electric range. It is based on the MQB platform, just like the new Passat, new Golf, and new A3. All of those models will be available with the same 1.4 liter TSI PHEV powertrain. The actual powertrains for this vehicle have not been announced, but I would be surprised if the PHEV powertrain is any different than its MQB relatives. Possibly the only significant change will be the availability of an e-AWD setup with a rear electric motor. Unfortunately, it looks like VW will not increase the battery capacity in this vehicle to match the electric range of its smaller and lighter relatives.
     
  2. N4HHE

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    Amazing! Its both ugly and underwhelming in one package! :-(
     
  3. ecarfan

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    Seriously? "with styling tailored for the US market". I don't think that "styling" is aimed at any market. It's atrocious.

    A PHEV with 14 miles of EV range? Why even bother?
     
  4. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    Tell that to BMW and their $134k i8 with it's 12 mile EV range.
     
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    At least the i8 has distinctive styling that will attract some people who don't care about EV range. The VW CrossBlue has...well I don't know what it has that would attract anyone.
     

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