VW hybrid aims for Chinese elite
VOLKSWAGEN has released a teaser of its next luxury hybrid SUV to be launched at the Beijing Auto Show next week.
In a press statement, VW promises it will be one of the most luxurious SUVs in the world, which has the pundits predicting to VW concept SUV will be rivaling the Volvo XC90 as well as Lexus hybrids, who made the world’s first luxury hybrids.
Lexus has, by the way, sold a million RX400H hybrids around the world since it went on sale in 2005, and Wheels will next week report what it is like to have four electric motors on each wheel adding power when you want it.
Volkswagen stated its new SUV will be more sporty than utility, with 280 kW and 700 Nm on tap, and able to do the 0- 100 km/ h in 6,0 seconds, which is about half a second faster than a Golf GTI.
But Volkswagen says the speed did not come at the expense of consumption, as the concept will give 3 l/ 100 km on the New European Drive Cycle, putting it on par with the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5 xDrive 40e.
But the Volksie will be able to do 50 kilometres on a battery charge, which is about 10 km more than these European competitors..
Chances are the concept will become the next Touareg, with something like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit in what VW describes as a cabin with a “lounge- style” setup. — Wheels Reporter.
VW’s new concept SUV to be unveiled in Beijing next week may just become the next Touareg.