Volkswagen made a global debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show with an all new model for the U.S. and Canada market – the VW CrossBlue.

Let me tell you a bit about it.

The CrossBlue features a highly innovative hybrid powertrain that mates a Clean Diesel engine with two electric motors. It has an estimated fuel economy rating of 89 mpg combined in electric mode and 35 mpg as a hybrid. As well as offering excellent economy for a mid-size crossover SUV, it has impressive power. The CrossBlue produces up to 305 horsepower and goes 0 to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds.

The interior is a key part to any crossover utility vehicle and the CrossBlue’s is very luxurious. The concept car has six individual seats in three rows but in a production version, the second row would have the option of three seats to make it a full seven seater. Behind the third seating row is a spacious cargo area. With a fully folding front passenger seat along with the third and second row stowed, you can accommodate objects up to 118 inches long. This is perfect for the weekend run to the home improvement store.

Also inside you’ll find leather and wood to help finish the interior. Positioned on the center console is a 10.2 inch touchscreen that is used to control all infotainment functions. The screen accesses the status of the hybrid system as well. Back to the entertainment system…to ensure that second and third row passengers can fully enjoy audio, video, and online entertainment, the CrossBlue has done something special. IPad mini devices have been integrated as monitors in the front row head restraints. Second and third row occupants also have full control over the climate-control system in their part of the vehicle.

One last thing.

As soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the engine and electric motors are decoupled from the drivetrain and the engine is shut off. This is provided that the battery is sufficiently charged. This is also referred to as ‘coasting’ and no emissions are generated.

The CrossBlue, in concept form, will offer better efficiency than anything else like it on the market.

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