Volkswagen shares pictures of new “high-tech SUV” concept


We’re coming up on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, one of the largest exhibitions in the most populous country in the world, which is also home to the current largest car market.

That said, some teasers are beginning to surface for new cars that will debut at this year’s show, with this latest one being from Volkswagen. It’s apparently a “high-tech” SUV Concept, which also may preview a next-generation Touraeg and give us a taste of what to expect in terms of technology.

From the pictures alone, it looks like a much more chiseled down version of the Cross Coupe GTE from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Other details also point to the utilization of either a full-electric of plug-in hybrid powertrain, from new themed details like the C-shaped LED daytime running lights integrated into the front fascia.

Volkswagen didn’t specify what powers this new concept, but they did say how much it produces: 376hp and 516 lb-ft of twist, for a 0-62 time of six seconds and a top speed of 139 MPH. Pretty typical figures for an SUV crossover concept. Fuel economy however is exceptionally estimated at 78 mpg on the NEDC European cycle.

Other bragging points include a new Active Info Display and “infotainment system merge,” and a push to move Volkswagen’s SUVs more upmarket.

Though I don’t know how much more they can do that when Audi exists as the “upmarket” Volkswagen brand.

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