The VW T-Prime Concept GTE which previews a possible full-size SUV has been unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The concept is the latest harbinger of the brand’s crossover design direction.
The T-Prime Concept GTE is a size larger than the CrossBlue concept’s production version and the upcoming 7-seat Tiguan. The flagship crossover is billed as one of the most advanced cars of the world. At 5.06 m in length, the imposing vehicle is slightly longer than the discontinued Phaeton.
A massive inverted trapezoidal grille which merges with the LED headlamps sets the tone for an unmissable stance. C-shaped LED daytime running lights, massive alloy wheels, neat sheet metal surfaces, generous greenhouse and simple LED taillights are the main design highlights. Despite being called as a concept, the T-Prime is very close to a production model.
The premium interior doesn away with buttons and instead, uses a massive touchscreen display and touch sensitive buttons on the centre console. Like in the new Mercedes S Class, the centre console display extends to form a fully digital instrument console.
The plug-in hybrid SUV based on the MLB platform is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor which produces 248 PS and 370 Nm of torque. The IC engine is aided by a 134 PS. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the hybrid power plant has a combined output of 375 PS and 699 Nm of torque.
The 14.1 KWh battery is good enough to give the SUV a pure-electric drive range of 50 km. The overall efficiency stands at 87 mpg under New European Driving Cycle.
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The VW T-Prime GTE is expected to be ready for the market sometime next year.