2012 Volkswagen Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept

When Volkswagen unveiled the Cross Coupe Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show , little did we know that it had a twin brother in the form of the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept.

The latter will be making its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , where it will showcase a completely different powertrain from the first concept we saw in Tokyo last November.

Aesthetically, the two car’s look like mirror images from each other with the only exception being the two-tone red and silver color scheme of the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept. What distinguishes this model from its Tokyo counterpart lies in its mechanical specifications. Whereas the Cross Coupe came with a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid system - three power sources! - the Geneva-bound Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid is powered by two electric motors and a more frugal turbodiesel four-cylinder unit with direct injection.

Those two electric motors are situated on opposite ends of the vehicle and together with the four-cylinder engine, the powertrain is capable of producing 301 horsepower with a top speed of 137 mph. Those numbers are an improvement from the Cross Coupe’s 262-horsepower output and 125-mph top speed.

There’s a good chance that Volkswagen is still keeping more information on the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept close to its chest. In the event where that’s the case, expect more details to be released when the crossover makes its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.


The hybrid concept was never been a failure. Thus, it gives a new hope that we can still correct our wrong ways by developing new ways to develop without disturbing the nature and resources.

This is truly something new from VW, and it makes me excited.

Well, all I can say is that VW will produce a really powerful hybrid car this time! Either of the two powering are dynamic.

The cross coupe TDI plug-in hybrid concept has been bothering me for a while as I have not known any VW automotive which is dual-powered. In my honest opinion, VW cars have never been toppers on the list of the most powerful or speediest innovations.

I’ve always seen VW as a vintage car company, probably because of its trademark style too. This time, I’m expecting a lot from this concept.

There is no doubt that a hybrid car won’t disappoint us. The thing is, I have yet to see how VW will successfully manufacture it.

This version isn’t a bad idea. More electric-powered cars have been coming into the market lately. If Volkswagen plans to even par with other electric cars, they need to work more on the design since it seems out of style.

I wonder if the information Volkswagen keeps will amuse us more or disappoint us. Other than that in mind, the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept seems promising.

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