Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept 1

volkswagen-crossblue-xlThe new Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept has been subject to a lot of praise recently. Looking at pictures and reading reviews, it’s easy to see why.

The large SUV is a prime example of versatile the MQB platform is. Volkswagen’s MQB platform has brought all of it’s passenger cars together in terms of structure, as they all use the same underlying platform. Production costs have also been naturally reduced.

The fact that a vehicle type such as this is destined for the UK market is another example of how much the platform has opened up new avenues for the Volkswagen Group.

Of all MQB examples, this particular concept adopts the platforms largest dimensions of being 4,987mm long, 2,015mm wide and being 1,733mm high. The production CrossBlue version slots nicely between the Tiguan and the Touareg. We first saw the concept in January at the Detroit Motor Show. It will take a while for the car to hit the UK market, many predict we’ll eventually see it in 2015 or 2016.

There is a 2.0 litre TDI engine running the car which is essentially the same as that in the Volkswagen Golf GTD. This mates perfectly to a six speed DSG gearbox. There is also a 40kW e-motor within the vehicle. This was originally taken from the E-Golf. In electric mode only, Volkswagen say the vehicle can reach a very respectable 21 miles. The diesel engine can charge it back up in just 15 minutes VW claim.

The concept Volkswagen CrossBlue comes with six seats. With all of that comes a huge 360 litre boot.

What is ready for production?

In terms of test driving, there isn’t too much to tell at the moment. The car is limited to just 20mph at present. It is no where near being ready for production.

However other areas which can be judged include the driver’s position and view. Volkswagen has ensured that the driver has a clear view ahead with a dominant driving position. That is quite essential especially when maneuvering the vehicle.

The smart TFT accessories will continue through to the production version of the CrossBlue it is expected. This gives the car a luxury look with the display switching from Green to Red depending on whether the car is driving in Eco or Sport Mode. The gear selector will also be passed through to the production model.

There is still a lot to be done on the Volkswagen CrossBlue until it’s release date. So far so good in our opinion.