When launched, the production car will slot between the Tiguan and Touareg in Volkswagen’s growing SUV line-up.
Autocar sampled the Crossblue concept back in 2013. That car had a 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine supported by two electric motors – a 54bhp one sited next to the combustion engine at the front, and a 114bhp one mounted at the rear. Together, the three power sources provided a combined 302bhp, with a peak torque figure of 516lb ft.
Energy for the electric motors was supplied by a 9.8kWh lithium ion battery mounted in the floor of the cargo area.
A hybrid drivetrain resembling this is unsurprisingly expected to be included in the Crossblue’s engine line-up, alongside more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines. A turbocharged V6 engine could also be offered in certain markets, with today's leaked images, which show a 'V6' badge on the rear of the car, appearing to back this speculation up.
As standard, the Crossblue production model will have front-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive available as an option and possibly standard on the most powerful models.
Volkswagen hasn’t let slip when the Crossblue will make production, but a 2017 debut at the Detroit motor show is likely. Autocar understands the model won't make it to the UK, and instead will focus on the US and Chinese markets.
A sportier Crossblue Coupé, as previewed by Volkswagen's Shanghai 2013 concept, could be produced further into the future.
VW will also add production versions of its T-Cross and T-Roc concepts beneath the Touareg, Crossblue and Tiguan in its SUV line-up. These compact models will get their own, more 'urban' look.