VW ready to show a plug-in hybrid SUV concept in Beijing image

Volkswagen has released some teasers with a new premium high-tech SUV concept, a vision that will be shared with the world next week at the Beijing Motor Show.

Volkswagen is getting ready for a future offensive in the SUV/crossover segment. Last month in Geneva, the German automaker revealed its idea of a small sport utility vehicle in the form of the T-Cross Breeze, a concept based on Polo’s platform. But the Beijing Show is coming fast and China prefers big luxury SUVs. Therefore, VW has prepared a new concept that “transfers full-size SUV design to a new sporty and elegant level” and promises “one of the world’s most advanced full-size SUVs.” These are quite some bold claims from the brand, as all we have seen until now are some teasers that make us think of a new Touareg.

In front, there are design features that resemble those seen on the T-Cross, but with more daring lines, and with sleek taillights in the back. Volkswagen has not let us see the interior yet. However, the concept has a “relaxed living space and digitalised operation focuses on the person more than ever, with an active Info Display and infotainment system that merges under a sheet of transparent glass to become a Curved Interaction Area.”

The high-tech SUV is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive setup with 376 horsepower (280 kW) and 700 Nm of torque. VW said the electric drive range of its sporty large concept is up to 50 km, while it can return less than 3.0 l/100 km in the New European Driving Cycle. The “green” system is capable of pushing the SUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, with a top speed of up to 224 km/h.