The Volkswagen Cross Coupe concept debuted in Tokyo last December and it is back to the 2012 Gneva Motor Show with an innovative diesel hybrid drivetrain under the hood. Like the original version unveiled in Japan, this one pairs its internal combustion engine with an electric motor and uses this combination to drive the front axle, while a second electric motor is used to power the rear axle.
This new hybrid system, mates a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder common-rail diesel engine with a pair of electric motors. The diesel engine offers 187 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. The electric motors are driven by a 9.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and produce 54 hp for front wheels and 114 hp for rear wheels. With a combined system output of 302 hp and up to 516 lb-ft of torque, the Volkswagen Cross Coupe claim a mileage from 131 mpg (800 miles in hybrid mode with its 14.5-gallon fuel tank).
Ford already debuted the Fiesta ST concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the three-door European Fiesta is not available in the U.S. The five-door version of Fiesta ST for U.S. market is set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show (Nov. 16-27, 2011).
Just like the three-door concept from Frankfurt, the five-door Fiesta ST is powered by Ford’s new 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder that produces 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Acording to a recent reports, the Norfolk-based sports car manufacturer is planning to introduce an updated Lotus Evora at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Details are limited, but in related news, the Evora 2012 lineup is set to expand with a convertible and a high-performance variant that will adopt a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with 400 hp.