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Volkswagen CrossBlue plug-in hybrid makes European debut

It was first introduced back in April at the Auto Shanghai 2013 event, and now the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe plug-in hybrid (pictured) has made its official European debut on home turf in Berlin.

The vehicle is based on Volkswagen's MQB architecture and includes a transverse-mounted turbocharged direct injection 220kW 3.0litre V6 petrol engine and a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is seen as a sportier version of the diesel CrossBlue SUV concept that made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe

At the heart of the vehicle is a DSG unit that operates around the 375V marker and a 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery. Its electric motors meanwhile contribute 180Nm at the front and 270Nm at the rear. When driven in sport mode, the vehicle can achieve total torque up to 700Nm.

Indeed the performance statistics are highly impressive: it can race from 0-62mph in 5.9seconds; and can reach a top speed of 179mph.

However, as you'd expect from a plug-in hybrid vehicle, the CrossBlue Coupe boasts some striking fuel economy figures. It can achieve 79mpg and it has a fuel tank capacity of 80litres.

Its default drive mode is eco mode with the electric motors used for propulsive power. The driver is able to switch to sport mode and off-road mode at the push of a button; and there is a charge mode designed for battery charging.

When driven in electric vehicle mode meanwhile, the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept can travel up to 21miles and achieve a top speed of 75mph.

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Paul Lucas

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