Volkswagen to Showcase New Premium SUV Concept in Beijing


Volkswagen to Showcase New Premium SUV Concept in Beijing

The Chinese motor shows are always important to Volkswagen, and the upcoming one at Beijing is set to show a new showcar in the shape of a full-sized SUV featuring plug-in hybrid propulsion and a highly-digitalized interior.

Whilst Volkswagen’s brief press release contained only ten key facts, a reasonable assumption to make is that the new vehicle, currently referred to as just the Beijing Showcar, potentially previews the next generation Touareg, which is due for a full model change and transition to the VW Group’s modular MLB platform.

Preliminary specifications disclosed in the brief reveals a plug-in hybrid drive with net system outputs of 375hp and 700Nm. The vehicle has a pure electric driving range of up to 50km, enabling it to dip below 3.0 litres/100km in the NEDC tests.

On a straight line, the Beijing Showcar is claimed to have a top speed of 224 km/h and is able to complete the sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 6.0 seconds.

Besides previewing the new plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Beijing Showcar is also slated to showcase a new highly digitalized display and control layout. Notably, there is mention of a Curved Interaction Area, which merges the vehicle’s instruments and infotainment displays into one sheet of transparent glass.