VW hy­brid aims for Chi­nese elite

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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VW’s new con­cept SUV to be un­veiled in Bei­jing next week may just be­come the next Touareg.

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