The Cross Coupe uses front-end styling elements first seen on the Giugiaro-penned Tex and Go concepts wheeled out at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. Those styling cues are combined with heavily sculptured surfaces throughout, a highly defined shoulder -- or tornado line, as de'Silva refers to it -- a higher waistline, shallow side glass, a heavily angled tailgate, distinctive wheel-arch design and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The five-door Cross Coupe is considerably bolder than that of the existing Tiguan, whose design dates to 2005 and a former VW design team headed by Murat Gunak.
Inside, VW gave the concept a classy Audi-esque cabin with a sweeping dashboard, a high-tech instrument display and grab handles incorporated into the center pod. The four heavily contoured seats are separated by a high-set center tunnel used to store the hybrid powertrain's battery.
At 171.0 inches long, 73.5 inches wide and 60.0 inches tall, the Cross Coupe is 4.9 inches shorter, 2.3 inches wider and a significant 7.0 inches lower than today's Tiguan. It also rides on a wheelbase that is one inch longer -- at 103.5 inches.
Powering the Cross Coupe is a gasoline-electric hybrid system capable of providing drive to either the front wheels or all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It combines Volkswagen's familiar turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder direct-injection engine producing 148 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque with a pair of brushless electric motors -- one mounted up front that delivers 54 hp and 133 lb-ft, and a larger one at the rear with 114 hp and 199 lb-ft. The system is calibrated to provide a maximum 261 hp.
Energy for the electric motors is supplied by a battery mounted low in the center tunnel. Rated at 9.8 kilowatt-hours and operating at a maximum 370 volts, the lithium-ion unit can be charged both through the recovery of kinetic energy (both on a trailing throttle and under braking) and via plug-in to an external power outlet.