Volkswagen AG says the Cross Coupe concept shows the new face of the brand's future SUVs. That face is dominated by a wide grille that integrates the xenon headlights and turn signals.
"We searched intensively for something original and unique," VW brand head of design Klaus Bischoff told Automotive News about the look of the grille.
Bischoff, a co-leader of the team that created the concept with VW Group design chief Walter de' Silva, said the grille will be on a VW model in two to three years. That would coincide with the launch of the second-generation Tiguan.
The concept is a plug-in hybrid that gets its power from a 147-hp 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine combined with two electric motors, one mounted in the front and the other in the back. The combined power rating of the engine and electric motors is 261 hp, VW says.
VW development chief Ulrich Hackenberg said he would like to see the Cross Coupe launched in addition to the Tiguan to create a new niche.