German carmaker VW is preparing breakthrough into US mid-size crossover segment by adding a new model. Since current European models doesn’t suit needs of American buyers, new 2017 VW Crossblue should meet all criteria which one SUV should have to reach them. Not only design, but also powertrain options are different. This crossover will be mid-sized with three rows of seats inside the cabin. Concept was introduced three years ago and now it looks like the moment of release is getting closer, since new SUV was spotted in street testing in Germany.
2017 VW Crossblue powertrains
Turbo-diesel variant is base engine of the 2017 VW Crossblue. It comes with 2.0-l four-cylinder displacement. It is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Two electric motors come as support on each axis. Diesel powerplant can deliver 190 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, while additional batteries supply crossover with more power. Front motor gives 54 hp and 133 pound-feet of torque, with rear gives even more, 114 horses and 199 lb-ft. So, total output is 305 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. With it, new Crossblue crossover can reach 60 mph in 7 seconds and top speed is set at 130 mph. Estimated fuel economy is 33/37 mpg for city and highway drive. With electric motors only, 2017 Crossblue can go 14 miles and can reach 75 mph.
2017 VW Crossblue redesign
Vehicle is build on MQB modular architecture, which is used by many vehicles in VW family. Overall length of the 2017 VW Crossblue is 196.3 inches. Inside the cabin, all the latest equipment is going to be installed. TFT screen is positioned at central panel, where driver can read all needed information, as well as infotainment details. Touch-screen display is 10.2 inches and it perfectly suit to central console. Materials used inside are genuine, with a lot of aluminum, dark and beige leather and wood placed all around the cabin.
Cargo area is increased, so now there are 12.7 cubic-feet for storage. With all seats folded it raises to 78 cubic-feet. Three rows of two seats were presented in 2012, but we expect middle row to has 3 seating places in production models.