Just last week, Volkswagen previewed the Tron-inspired crossover on the Internet, and now it’s just been fully revealed as the T-Prime Concept GTE at the ongoing Beijing Motor Show. This plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) crossover is our first glimpse at how the next generation Touareg could look like.
The first observation we make of this crossover is that it’s considerably larger and wider than the current Touareg. The concept is built upon Audi’s MLB platform, meaning it would share similar underpinnings and technology from the VW group such as the Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7, and the Lamborghini Urus.
Despite being the biggest crossover in Volkswagen’s stable, the T-Prime seats only four, for now, because let’s not forget that it’s just a concept. But what’s more important is the new dashboard design that integrates Active Info Display with a new 15-inch display screen called Curved Interaction Area. The screen will run apps as well as support gesture and touch control.
As this is a plug-in hybrid, it’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine coupled with an electric motor, producing a healthy 375 hp with 750 Nm of torque. Like before, it remains an all-wheel drive, and power is sent to the four corners through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Performance wise, Volkswagen claims that the 0 – 100km/h is achieved in 6.0 seconds with a top speed of 222 km/h. Fuel consumption is impressive, consuming just 3.2 litres per 100km and can travel up to 50km on full electric mode, thanks to the 14.1 kWh battery pack.
The current Touareg debuted in Malaysia back in 2012 with a price of RM443,888.00 for the V6 FSI variant.