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Volkswagen Cross Coupe concept car (2011)

Wed, 30 Nov 2011

Volkswagen has revealed the Cross Coupe concept car crossover at the 2011 Tokyo auto show.

At 4345mm long, it's roughly between Golf and Tiguan - suggesting the successor to the Tiguan could adopt a more Evoque-inspired stance.

VW Cross Coupe: the lowdown

This isn't just a conceptual look at future VW SUVs - it's also the first sight of the group's new MQB platform.

This is the architecture that'll underpin all VW family medium-sized cars, starting with the new 2012 VW Golf, Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon. As our European editor Georg Kacher has previously reported, it's a highly flexible platform allowing a variety of configurations, stretches and efficiencies to be made.

The Cross Coupe has unusually short overhangs, which give the car a claimed ability off road; approach angles for climbs stand at 24.2deg at the front, 32.5deg out back.

What powers the VW Cross Coupe?

Naturally, it's part-electric. The four-seater has a pair of electric motors driving all four wheels, boosted by a TSI direct-injection petrol turbo engine.

VW claims a top speed of 125mph and 0-62mph in just 7sec thanks to a combined total output of 261bhp.

Shades of Concept A?

Well remembered. That show car came in 2006 and influenced the Tiguan, which landed one year later. It'll be interesting to see if the same happens with the transition from Cross Coupe to Tiguan Mk2.

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By Tim Pollard