2018 Volkswagen Crossblue Release date and Price – Some two years back, Volkswagen revealed its plans to develop its flagship three-row crossover SUV at its Tennessee plant. And after quite a long wait, we finally have a peek at how this new mid-size SUV would look like. Spy shots of the prototypes have been seen online and it makes us even more excited.
This Volkswagen SUV was first revealed in 2013 as the CrossBlue concept. Judging by the spy shots, we know that the production version will be akin to the alluring concept. The finer elements and accessories of this new SUV still remains a mystery since they are heavily camouflaged. When this German SUV finally rolls out, it would join the tough three-row, family car segment which models like Chevrolet Traverse, and Toyota Highlander has long been dominating.
2018 VW CROSSBLUE ENGINE SPECS
As expected with Volkswagen, the construction and engineering of the new VW CrossBlue 2018 are paramount in the design considerations. It remains unclear as to what would be the powertrains of the 2018 VW CrossBlue but we are anticipating 4- and 6-cylinder options. There is also an optional hybrid powertrain which pairs an electric motor with a 4-cylinder diesel engine. Considering the current diesel woes, we might see a gasoline-electric hybrid option as well.
For the base trim, the 2018 VW CrossBlue is helmed by a Turbo-diesel variant. This engine comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder displacement and is coupled with a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Supporting each axis are two electric motors.
The diesel engine can pump up to 190 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, while additional batteries would supply extra power. The front motor supplies 54 hp and 133 pound-feet of torque while the rear gives 114 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The combined output is 305 hp and 526 pound-feet of torque.
This SUV can sprint to 60 mph in just 7 seconds. It can rack up a top speed of 130 mph. Fuel rating of the 2018 VW CrossBlue is put at 33/37 mpg for city and highway drive. Running on pure electric motors, the 2018 CrossBlue can run up 75 mph top speed and cover 14 miles.
2018 VW CROSSBLUE EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR DESIGN
This new SUV will be underpinned by an overstretched version of the versatile MQB platform which is also used by the smaller Golf. The MQB modular architecture is used by most family vehicles in VW’s fleet. With this platform, VW managed to keep the costs to the minimum. The 2018 VW CrossBlue is 196.3 inches long. The interior is luxuriously designed and equipped with the latest technologies. At the central panel is the TFT screen, where the driver can conveniently access infotainment controls as well as necessary safety and technological information. The 10.2-inch touch-screen display blends perfectly with the sleek central console. Premium materials are used, with a bevy of dark, aluminum and beige leather and wood elements placed around the cabin.
The VW CrossBlue features a spacious, 12.7 cubic feet storage and further increases to 78 cubic feet when seats are folded. Although the concept model presented in 2012 included two-seating for the middle row, we expect the production models to have 3 seating places.
2018 VW CROSSBLUE RELEASE DATE
If speculations are correct, the 2018 VW CrossBlue Release date on would be introduced at the latter part of the year or early next year.
Other SUVs that VW has in the pipeline include the new Tiguan and Touareg, plus production versions of the respective T-Roc and T-Cross Breeze concepts. We could also see some coupe-like versions of the Tiguan and this new three-row SUV, previewed by the respective Cross Coupe GTE and CrossBlue Coupe concepts.