The Volkswagen Cross Coupe is back and headed to the Geneva Motor Show this week, this time with an innovative plug-in 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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      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Question - no right or wrong answer here - it is diesel (booooooooo) - but 130mpg? Does the efficiency and extreme gas mileage outweigh the whole diesel thing? I will not criticize any response...
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        What diesel thing are you referring to?
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        In the article - diesel hybrid
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          You are indicating some issues with it which need 'outweighing'. What are they?
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          The only strong disadvantages I am aware of are the extra weight and cost of the diesel engine, and some argue particulate pollution. The latter however should be minimised by the large batteries keeping the engine in the sweet spot. This kind of design is pretty heavy, but basically provides easy 4WD without a transmission tunnel/
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          people here loathe diesels. But this is a diesel that might get 130mpg. Does the dislike of diesel overshadow extreme efficiency?
      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      In general, I am not mush of a fan of either the Wolfsburg automanufacturer, the faux SUV, or diesels. But, I must confess this is an attractive, interesting vehicle.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Full details here: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/03/tdiphev-20120306.html This big car gets 14.5 miles/litre. My little 1.0 litre Polo got 10 miles/litre. Amazing! This set up can be used for all sorts of configurations, including pure electric. They use the space vacated by the transmission tunnel for the batteries, which seems a shame. Under the floor designs give much better accomodation. 4WD is a freebie with this design. 28 miles of pure electric range.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        My fuel calculations referred to running the car for its full range. Since most journeys are shorter with more of it on electric in practise the fuel consumption will be way, way lower.
      DarylMc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Half the CO2 output of the petrol Volkswagen UP? I look forward to seeing more of that.
      Aaron Gleason
      • 2 Years Ago
      300HP and "only" 136MPH top speed? The aerodynamics must really, really suck. My 1991 Escort GT with 127HP (5-speed) was clocked at 125MPH going slightly uphill... much to the amusement of the police officer clocking me...
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron Gleason
        :D I had a 1992 Escort and had it to roughly 110mph once - I was driving with traffic and it started to rattle and shake. I was like, 'wtf?'. Then I saw the needle pointed straight down - it stopped at 85mph at about 4 o'clock, so I extrapolated the rest. Not sure the tires were designed for that speed... No one pick on me....I was on my way to Gainesville to see a brunette who was shorter than me, but had longer legs than I did. You would drive 110mph too.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          @Ezee, How fast was the brunette...?
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          she was so fast she needed an oil change right after.
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