Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Looks like: A sporty take on VW's CrossBlue concept from this year's Detroit auto show
Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid drivetrain with emergency generator capability, sporty appearance, all-wheel drive
Ridiculous features: 22-inch wheels, rising dashboard controls, driving mode-synced ambient lighting
Chance of being mass-produced: A production version of this, or the larger CrossBlue, is likely for the U.S. market

First shown earlier this year at the Shanghai auto show, Volkswagen's CrossBlue Coupe concept makes its first U.S. appearance at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, seating for five and aggressive styling that provides a "glimpse at the future and at a new era of SUV design," Volkswagen said in a statement.

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Though Volkswagen calls it a coupe, the concept has four traditional doors. And it's not small. It's actually a few inches longer than the automaker's Touareg midsize SUV, but it has a wider stance and lower roofline. The concept has the same kind of stylish lines as the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, a crossover that went from concept to production with relatively few design changes.

The CrossBlue Coupe is a plug-in hybrid that's powered by a turbocharged V-6 gas engine that works with two electric motors. Total output is 415 horsepower, and VW says it can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Besides being quick, it can also travel a claimed 13 miles on electric power alone, which is supplied by a lithium-ion battery pack. VW says the concept uses the automaker's new modular platform and could accommodate conventional gas or diesel powertrains, too.

As concept cars go, the CrossBlue Coupe's cabin is relatively conventional, taking design cues from the automaker's redesigned Golf hatchback. It's fitted with premium materials like Nappa leather, aluminum and wood. The extensive amount of ambient lighting changes with the driving mode; it's orange in Eco and red in Sport.

Check out the gallery below.

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

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Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept: Photo Gallery
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Comments 

RIP-Kaisan

Yet another crossover vehicle that can't crossover due to NO utility behind the 2nd row.

responder

Chrysler called. They want their Pacifica back.

Ben

Looks like an odd RR Evoque. Anyway, VW needs to stop fooling around with concepts and make a new Tiguan that is a true CR-V/Escape competitor and a new Pilot fighter. And make it happen before 2016, because otherwise their sales are going to drop off a cliff.

Infosaur

If nothing else, perhaps the Chinese market will influence the car makers into improving rear seat legroom.

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