The word “coupe” used to mean something.
Those cars made sense, at least in their naming conventions. They looked like coupes, and they were called coupes. Now, it seems every automaker likes to take liberties with the word and build vehicles that are not coupes but still call them coupes.
Maybe it’s the sloped roofline of vehicles like this concept that gave marketers the freedom to label these squash-backed crossovers coupes. But let’s ignore the name for a moment and get into this concept’s reason for being. It’s actually pretty cool and foreshadows the design of future Volkswagen crossovers. The large grille is reminiscent of Honda’s new face, but I think the VW wears it better. About the size of the Nissan Juke, the Cross Coupe concept is powered by a unique all-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain, with two electric motors (one for each axle) paired with a turbocharged gasoline engine. Volkswagen estimates that this powerplant will produce around 262 horsepower, but will be able to drive on pure electricity for about 25 miles. Getting up to 60 miles per hour will take around 7 seconds.
For all the vehicles around that are “borrowing” the coupe name (BMW X6, Land Rover Evoque, Acura ZDX, even VW’s own CC), I think the Cross Coupe concept best executes the new style. The compact shape keeps its proportions well and manages to look bigger than it is without looking deformed. It just needs a new name!
If the VW Cross Coupe made it into production, would you drive one over the new not-really coupes from BMW, Land Rover, Acura and Nissan?