VW Teases Premium SUV ahead of Beijing Show

By Matt DeLorenzo on April 18, 2016 2:00 PM

Volkswagen dealers have been clamoring for more SUV’s from the German automaker and part of that response will be seen at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show where a new concept for a top-end sport ute will be revealed. Calling the unnamed concept “one of the most advanced luxury SUVs in the world”, the show car will be a range-topping vehicle that’s designed to appeal to the Chinese market, as well as the U.S. and Europe.

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VW says the vehicle will feature a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that develops 376 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque with a pure EV range of 31 miles. That high output will enable the SUV to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.0 seconds on the way to a top speed of 139 mph. The combined pure electric and hybrid operation is expected to deliver 78 mpg.

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Another key feature of the concept is the use of digital operation and displays that feature a high level of interactivity. VW also promises a lounge-type interior and digital interfaces that are centered on the passengers. The concept is slated to be unveiled during the April 24 press day at the Beijing Show.