The Volkswagen Cross Coupe is back and headed to the Geneva Motor Show this week, this time with an innovative diesel hybrid drivetrain under the hood.

Details are scarce at the moment, but the company says a TDI engine works in conjunction with not one, but two electric motors to propel the vehicle. All told, the combination is good for fuel economy of 1.8 liters per 100 kilometers on the European cycle, which translates to a staggering 130 miles per gallon. It's worth remembering, however, that European and domestic testing cycles vary greatly.

Even with the vehicle's impressive fuel economy, the Cross Coupe has over 300 horsepower on tap and a top speed of 136 mph. We certainly like the sound of that combination. So, is a diesel hybrid from Volkswagen headed to production anytime soon? Hard telling. Odds are we'll hear more when the Cross Coupe debuts later this week. Hit the jump for the brief press release.
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Cross Coupé from Volkswagen consumes just 1.8 l/100 km

Wolfsburg, 04 March 2012 - The Cross Coupé Concept is powered by an alliance of a turbodiesel direct-injection engine (TDI) and two electric motors. Its combined fuel consumption in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is a sensationally low of 1.8 l/100 km. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km. Noteworthy here is the fact that the Cross Coupé is a powerful SUV with a top speed of 220 km/h, 225 kW / 306 PS of power (system power) and a kerb weight of 1,858 kg. Volkswagen is presenting the concept with a TDI plug-in hybrid in a world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (08 to 18 March 2012).


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      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the wide stance of the car. Almost looks like a dakar racer.
      anonymous guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why the hell are they calling it a coupe? That's truly ludicrous! What's next? Calling the Touareg a mid-engined, two-seater?
      Rudukai13
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now there's a decent looking crossover. But, still not a coupe.
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it funny when automakers use the name "coupe" on a 4door anything, just screams "Denial" to me, and whats worse are the idiot that buy into it.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      i really like that design but those impressive numbers are only possible at the first 100km with maximum use of the electric drivetrain
      Suzq044
      • 2 Years Ago
      Curious about 2 things; why did they call it a coupe if it has 4 doors? and why does the bottom half of it look like a Compass.
        anonymous guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Suzq044
        Since Mercedes can call a four-door CLS a coupe, I guess that gives license to VW to call a four-door, flat-roofed CUV a coupe.
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      not a very cohesive design. seems very forced. the fenders are slightly squared and proud of the body side (very blocky and masulent which is what you want in a SUV) but then it has a very delicate greenhouse and mirrors. the top and bottom are just not working well together (the shoulder line splits them) idk just my opinion....its not working
        dbauer2000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        I see your point. I can see a bit of the new beetle in it as well. It might look better in person. With fuel consumption like that, I really don't care though.
        KC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thipps
        Are you saying that I can't be masculine and graceful? Like a NFL player winning dancing with the stars.
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      if(advertised.nums==true) { myself.interested="Very"; }
      Suzq044
      • 2 Years Ago
      Curious about 2 things; why did they call it a coupe if it has 4 doors? and why does the bottom half of it look like a Compass.
      Westcoastsaab
      • 2 Years Ago
      One must consider the total cost savings given the estimated MGP, and given $5 Premium Unleaded prices here in CA then effectively what becomes too expensive for MSRP? If say the annual cost for operating a similarly equipped gas operated SUV is 2k per year given an average of 25 MPG combined then just consider this one may only cost you $500 per year, saving you $1500 per year x 5 years = $7500 of cost savings. A number to consider?
      genelamont
      • 2 Years Ago
      Truly bad-ass set-up. Only problem I see is switching between sport and efficiency mode. I want power on demand, not wait... let me switch this mode thing, gimme a sec, ok now let's go. But I still really like the idea.
      benzaholic
      • 2 Years Ago
      A squared off, high beltline, four door CUV has no business at all being called any kind of coupé. This approaches shark jumping IMHO. And @Jon Wilson, diesel engines are usually more expensive than comparable gasoline lumps. Add in the extra costs associated with hybrid drivetrain, and the diesel hybrids almost as a rule become too expensive to succeed, or at least that's the thinking. From a usability perspective, diesel hybrids are probably brilliant.
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