Volkswagen Teases Another SUV Concept for Beijing Show
Plug-in hybrid with 31 miles of electric range.
Barely two months have passed since Volkswagen last showed a concept SUV, so by the company's internal timeline we're long overdue for another. Ahead of the Beijing auto show, Volkswagen is teasing a premium SUV concept with a lounge-like interior, a digital infotainment display, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
More so than the earlier CrossBlue concept that previewed the three-row SUV expected to debut this year in the U.S. , this new Volkswagen SUV concept is focused primarily on advanced technology. Advanced lighting design is one of the first ways we see this, with a new boomerang-shaped headlight signature that extends straight across the grille and through the VW emblem. The shape is echoed in the foglight housings below with thick C-shaped LED daytime running lights and horizontal bars on the side mirrors. At the rear are distinctive LED taillights with digital horizontal bars built in.
Although we won't have a look at the interior until the Beijing show or close to it, VW's newest concept promises to have a highly advanced, interactive digital display system. The new design is apparently part of a lounge-like interior, clearly appealing to the chauffeur-driven passengers who will make up much of the audience at the Beijing show. Expect advancements like gesture control and touchscreens to play a big role.
Another clear nod to the Chinese market is the concept's plug-in hybrid powertrain. Full details still aren't being released, but we know that the SUV concept boasts an all-electric range of 31 miles. Total system output is 376 hp and an impressive 516 lb-ft of torque, undoubtedly offered with all-wheel drive. The concept is said to sprint from 0-62 mph in 6.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 139 mph.
The earlier Cross Coupe GTE concept from the 2015 Detroit auto show also used a plug-in hybrid powertrain, so something similar could be employed this time around. The Cross Coupe GTE used a 3.6-liter gas-powered V-6 engine with two electric motors (one at each axle) for a total of 355 hp.
Check back soon for more details on the latest Volkswagen SUV concept as the Beijing auto show approaches.