Italdesign Giugiaro Volkswagen Tex Concept - Geneva Auto Show
One of two vehicles Italdesign presented in Geneva since it became a fully-integrated part of the VW corporate empire, the Giugiaro-penned Volkswagen Tex Concept looked virtually ready to roll into a showroom on very short order. Based on VW's new modular transverse architecture, the handsome four-passenger hatch coupe reflects Giorgetto and son Fabrizio's vision of a future small, sporty VW in a seemingly very realistic manner. "We designed the Tex in actual fact thinking to the Volkswagen sports cars of the years to come," commented Fabrizio Giugiaro, deputy chairman and style manager of Italdesign Giugiaro. "We intentionally kept a family feeling that would immediately identify it as a Wolfsburg product close to production. No visionary or futuristic choice was made, but it is rather a natural evolution of today's canons with the addition of a few technologies that will shortly become available on the market."
Power for the front-drive Volkswagen Tex Concept comes from VW's Twin Drive Plug-in Hybrid system that here matches a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 114-horsepower electric motor. Collectively the setup can churn out 295 lb-ft of torque. Backed by a paddle-shifted seven-speed Direct Shift automated manual transmission the Tex can hit 60 mph in roughly 6.0 seconds, reach a top speed of 137 mph and run about 22 miles in EV mode.