Volkswagen is certainly on a roll at the moment, with plans to launch seven new electric and plug-in models in the Chinese market. These new models will be manufactured in China itself. One of these concepts, called the Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE, was revealed at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. The T-Prime Concept GTE is aimed to be the German car giant's next premium SUV offering.
The Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTEis a precursor to the future Volkswagen Touareg, which will be Volkswagen's flagship SUV offering. Based on sister company Audi's MLB platform, there are chances the production version will share construction components with the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga. Measuring5,069mm in length and 1,999mm in width, theVolkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE is 269mm longer and 60mm wider than the current-gen Touareg.
The Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE is a plug-in hybrid, all-wheel drive luxury SUV which is powered by both, a petrol engine and an electric motor. The fossil fuel burning motoris a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 251PS and 370Nm of torque, while the electric motor produces 135PS and 350Nm of torque. While in the namesake's GTE mode, the SUV can churn out a total of 700Nm of torque. All of this power and torque is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
This results in aclaimed 0-100kmph time of 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 224kmph. The SUV excels in the efficiency side of things as well, with an average of 30kmpl when running in hybrid mode. We expect the next-gen Volkswagen Touareg to be revealed sometime in 2017.