VW Hybrid Diesel Cross Coupé Promises 157 MPG

Obviously official mpg ratings depends on which drive cycle a vehicle is tested on, but Volkswagen says its diesel-electric Cross Coupé to be shown again at Geneva will equal around 157 mpg.

In this case, it is the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for which the German automaker says the SUV’s turbodiesel direct-injection engine (TDI) and two electric motors yield fuel consumption of 1.8 l/100 km. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km.

The concept was shown also at Tokyo last year, and this month will get more face time at the Geneva motor show which is open to the public Mar. 8-18.

VW says the Cross Coupé offers around 300 horsepower (225 kW/306 PS) of power, a top speed of 137 mph (220 kph), and comes in at a curb weight of 4,088 pounds (1,858 kg).


  • JC

    Finally! A Diesel Hybrid!

  • MrEnergyCzar

    I assume it is a plug-in hybrid?

    MrEnergyCzar

  • TDI Fan

    When and where can I buy one of these in the USA? What is the projected retail price?

  • David

    What’s more important is the fact that you can make diesel fuel from different material. There’s biodiesel, diesel form coal, etc. we wouldn’t be as dependent on ‘oil’ if we ran on electricity and, for extended range, on renewable liquid fuels.

  • Duude

    I think the diesel is been given the short end here in the states. Too many people still believe diesel is a lot more dirty than it really is. We’ve already transitioned to low sulfur diesel and the addition of Blue Tec NOx reduction devices, diesel engines runner cleaner than gasoline engines but with 30% better fuel economy. Additionally, diesel fuel is priced higher due to available refining here in the states. If the US had more diesel vehicles, in time refineries would deliver more low sulfur diesel and the price would drop somewhat.

  • Bk

    The comment about American bias against diesels is valid. We should have been copying the TDI tech as soon as the engines began winning the 24 hour LeMans … which it now owns.
    The diesel hybrids are producing 70-100 mpg right now. This blows away all other vehicles. Just the straight TDI engines are doing 30+/40+. Imagine that improvement on our buses and semis.

  • Bk

    The comment about American bias against diesels is valid. We should have been copying the TDI tech as soon as the engines began winning the 24 hour LeMans … which it now owns.
    The diesel hybrids are producing 70-100 mpg right now. This blows away all other vehicles. Just the straight TDI engines are doing 30+/40+. Imagine that improvement on our buses and semis.

  • taudor

    This is such a great news. I am glad to find that there is a hybrid car..with a diesel engine. I am sure that there will be a lot of people interested in this good information and also to buy it..At least I am one of these customers :D Great work from their part.
    Oferte Aer

  • CB

    You are correct. However, that goes back to when… Unfortunately the environmental movement pushed to get rid of diesel cars years ago when they appeared to pollute more. They pushed the govt mandate on emissions with out knowing anything about diesel

  • Edward Kerr

    I think that the drive train is not a plug-in but rather the engine runs an on-board generator that then runs the two motors that drive the front wheels. This overcomes the “drivable distance” drawback of most plug-in electrics and the battery issues too….mileage and performance…sweet

    Enjoy your site and tube channel, by the way.
    Ed

  • David Bachman

    This is very impressive, and is definitely the way to go. A diesel running at fairly constant rpm driving the generator would be most efficient. the power output is especially surprising. Honestly woho needs 300 hp in an vehicle designed for efficiency. Drop it back to 200hp and add even more mpgs!

  • Jeff

    I hope they come out with a reasonably affordable minivan with this technology. That would be ideal for our family of 6.

    Perhaps this SUV crossover might work though, if it’ll seat 6 and have a bit of room for bookbags and such, though my wife likes the sliding doors, especially in tight parking spots.

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  • altonalvin

    This revolutionary platform standardises certain parameters across models such as the distance between the accelerator pedal and the front axle, but makes many other parameters variable, creating huge flexibility for developing a wide range of models. This means it is as easy to make a Cross Coupé that uses a petrol-electric hybrid system as a diesel-electric hybrid, or to use combustion engines alone, or electric power alone for example. forum francais los angeles

  • PMH

    Finally something that may make sense if CA anti-diesel bunch of numb skulls permits it. Interesting if is available at a reasonable price with batteries replaceable by cell and decent range say 500 miles. Looks like it may have capacity to carry a family. How about a pickup that can tow a decent RV?

  • arthurarnold

    The diesel engine and front electric motor are disconnected from the drive axles. In Sport mode, the diesel engine and both electric motors provide 516 lb-ft and all-wheel-drive, allowing the Cross Coupe to hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. jailbreak

  • Thomas Lloyd

    Great engineering job by VW! It may be impractical to include all these features in one vehicle. The Li batteries would be costly. Diesel engines cost more. Hybrid costs more. All electric costs more. Would you pay $50000 for a small SUV with all the features or just get a Honda CRV for $23000? I don’t know what the Cross Coupe would cost, but it will have to compete with current SUVs.
    I love my Passatt TDI!
    Somebody tell VW that a Coupe has 2 doors.

  • Carmen

    When will Volkswagen diesel hybrid vehicles go on sale in Los Angeles California, USA?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe it. Let me know when its verified.

  • markG.

    Engineers know what fuel millage they will get before the thing is even drawn up, any of the diesel hybrid prototypes are currently getting 160+ MPG. But somehow when this car gets to the US it will get no better than the current gas hybrid. Just look at any diesel car coming to the US. I don’t believe in conspiracy’s for the most part but when a car that does 59 mpg only gets half that when marketed in the US you have to believe something is going on. This thing will never come into the US at 160 mpg. It’s time to start taking matters into our own hands and start are own car company and build these diesel hybrids in the US. If I can get some financial backing I will give it a shot. Time to start pushing the big car makers out, they’re not here to help us anymore than the oil companies are. The demand is huge for an affordable cars that the average Joe can drive and get over 60MPG but because that’s the main consumer market of GAS you will not see any affordable low MPG cars (16k or less) . But we live in the America so we can do something about it, not government regulation, rely on good old capitalism and build a car that everyone can and will buy, and that’s how it’s done in America.

  • markg

    Engineers know what fuel millage they will get before the thing is even drawn up, any of the diesel hybrid prototypes are currently getting 160+ MPG. But somehow when this car gets to the US it will get no better than the current gas hybrid. Just look at any diesel car coming to the US. I don’t believe in too many conspiracy’s for the most part but when a car that does 59 mpg only gets half that when marketed in the US you have to believe something is going on. This thing will never come into the US at 160 mpg. It’s time to start taking matters into our own hands and start are own car company and build these diesel hybrids in the US. If I can get some financial backing I will give it a shot. Time to start pushing the big car makers out, they’re not here to help us anymore than the oil companies are. The demand is huge for an affordable cars that the average Joe can drive and get over 60MPG but because that’s the main consumer market of GAS you will not see any affordable low MPG cars. But we live in the America so we can do something about it, not government regulation, rely on good old capitalism and build a car that everyone can and will buy, and that’s how it’s done in America.

  • sn

    This would be perfect for my wife to drive around town with our 2 kids, and then for us to take on long road trips. She’s probably under the electric range each day, and the diesel would carry us for the distance.

    Not sure we can afford it though. If it’s not under $30k, I’d have to carefully consider our budget. I’d love to have this car instead of our minivan!

  • Edward Kerr

    This a long proven technology as passenger trains here in the US have had a similar configuration (diesel-generator>electric motor drive) for six of seven decades. Why it has taken so long to be applied to personal transport is frustrating. It’s even more frustrating that it’s taking so long now that, to use an old phrase, “the cat is out of the bag”. As someone has already noted this technology should be applied to trucks ASAP.

  • ANONYMOUS

    Engineers know what fuel millage they will get before the thing is even drawn up, any of the diesel hybrid prototypes are currently getting 160+ MPG. But somehow when this car gets to the US it will get no better than the current gas hybrid. Just look at any diesel car coming to the US. I don’t believe in too many conspiracy’s for the most part but when a car that does 59 mpg only gets half that when marketed in the US you have to believe something is going on. This thing will never come into the US at 160 mpg.