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Volkswagen Cross Coupe: more spice, less space

Practicality is often sacrificed on aesthetic's altar for sporty cars, but as the Cross Coupe concept shows, it might become a trend for high-riding four-wheel drives, too.

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Derek Fung

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The point

Practicality is often sacrificed on aesthetic's altar for sporty cars, but as the Cross Coupe concept shows, it might become a trend for high-riding four-wheel drives, too.

Prior to the BMW X6, SUVs prided themselves on the promise of adventures new and a view over other vehicles, not to mention the extra passenger and luggage space they offered over their sedan siblings.

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Counterpoint

Now, though, it seems car makers, especially those from Germany, want to give buyers that sense of adventure and a high driving position, but with a bit less practicality.

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Slipping in a plug

Sized between the Golf and Tiguan, the Cross Coupe concept features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

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Electric drive

There are two electric motors: the one powering the front wheels can produce 40kW/180Nm, while the one at the rear makes 85KW/270Nm.

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Silence!

The Lithium-ion battery pack allows the Cross Coupe to operate as a purely electric vehicle for up to 40km.

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Faster!

A turbo petrol engine completes the package. With petrol and electric motors working in concert, there should be around 200kW at the driver's disposal. Zero to 100km/h is completed in seven seconds, while the top speed is rated at 200km/h.

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Fill 'er up

Space on the boot floor isn't too bad, but overall luggage space is compromised by the angle of the rear hatch.

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Rock solid

Four very firm bucket seats are fitted to the Cross Coupe.

Derek Fung travelled to the Tokyo Motor Show as a guest of Toyota Australia.

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