A variation on the Cross Coupe show car unveiled last December in Tokyo, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept on display in Geneva moves replaces the gasoline/electric powertrain in the original with a clean diesel/electric alternative. Also spun from the automaker's new MQB modular platform architecture, the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid matches its new turbocharged 2.0-liter EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine that makes 295 lb-ft of torque from 1,600 rpm with a pair of electric motor/generators, the front unit developing 133 lb-ft of twist and the rear motor kicking in another 199 lb-ft. The TDI engine works in consort with VW's seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission while an eight-module/9.8kWh lithium-ion battery supplies primary energy to the motors.

Volkswagen says the new Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, 0.5 tick quicker than its gas/electric predecessor. It also returns a spectacular 157-mpg rating on the New European Driving Cycle and can travel up to 28 miles on pure electric power and reach speeds of 75 mph. With its 14.5-gallon fuel tank, it also has a total theoretical range of 800 miles. As you'd expect, the Cross Coupe is capable of functioning in a variety of modes, from pure TDI where it operates as a conventional front-drive package to pure EV where it uses only the aft motor to drive the rear wheels. The controller unit in this super-efficient VW can instantly switch the engine off or couple/decouple the motors to increase efficiency. It also features a "Boost" mode that engages all three power units for maximum performance as well as an all-wheel drive "Off-road" mode in which the front motor draws its energy from the TDI engine and simultaneously serves as a generator to provide electric power to the rear motor.

Like the original Cross Coupe Concept, this latest TDI Clean Diesel follow-up appears likely headed for production but currently seems to have little chance of ever turning up in VW showrooms here. However, we're told that it does embody a number of styling cues that could well filter into the look of the next generation Tiguan and/or Touareg models that are part of the automaker's U.S. lineup.

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