Volkswagen Plug-In SUV Video Teaser (Vaporware, Beware)

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

Despite all of its ongoing legal and PR issues (following the diesel emissions cheating scandal), it seems that Volkswagen is still chugging along just fine …. The company recently released a number of new teaser images of the luxury plug-in hybrid SUV concept that it will be revealing at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show — giving us a first look of sorts at the concept car.

The new plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) SUV concept has been described by the company as being indicative of its future direction — with a growing emphasis on “digitalization” of the company’s offerings, as well as an embrace of electric drivetrain technologies (so the company claims, anyway).

Volkswagen EV concept

Here are some bullet points from Volkswagen:

  • The concept is one of the most advanced luxury SUVs in the world
  • Concept moves luxury SUV design to a more sporty and elegant level
  • The vehicle further demonstrates Volkswagen’s continued digitilization of the automobile
  • Digital operation and display system enables a completely new level of interactivity
  • Active Info Display and infotainment system merge
  • More than ever, the lounge-style interior and digitized operation are centered on passengers
  • SUV has a plug-in-hybrid powertrain with 376 horsepower total output and 516 pound-feet of torque
  • The fully electric range of the SUV is up to 50 kilometers or 31 miles
  • The predicted NEDC combined fuel consumption is 78 mpg
  • The concept accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 6.0 seconds and has a top speed of 139 mph

As always with Volkswagen, who’s knows if there’s anything more to any of this other than talk. I guess that we’ll get a better idea after the upcoming show.

Volkswagen concept Autodesk VRED Professional 2014 SR1-SP7 Autodesk VRED Professional 2014 SR1-SP7

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5 thoughts on “Volkswagen Plug-In SUV Video Teaser (Vaporware, Beware)

  • “The fully electric range of the SUV is up to 50 kilometers or 31 miles”

    50Km in european mode, reality 30Km. Shame for VW

    • The tiny battery is a complete joke.

  • This would be really exciting if the Model X didn’t exist.

    VW has additional homework to do, apparently.

  • James you hit the nail on the head. I no no longer trust anything that comes out of this company’s mouth. Even before the Diesel disaster we where promised more EV’s, not a single model, the E-Golf. Which looks to be done right based on everything I have seen. But in the end, turns out to be a compliance car made to serve few states. BEV EV’s are the future and the sooner you can wrap your head around that the better!

    All the best,
    Aaron Lephart

  • Why would VW built a new luxury BEV SUV anyways?
    They should concentrate on getting cost down in their existing BEVs. Total cost of ownership of these models still can’t compete with ICE cars.
    They will have the Audi BEV SUV anyways.
    The BEV Phaeton is a better idea under the VW brand. It is an existing model line and never was successful as ICE. A VW Phaeton BEV limousine an the Quattro BEV SUV.
    The Phaeton doesn’t need the Model Ss acceleration but needs high speed performance for Autobahn driving which the Audi Mules have already proven on the Nürnburgring. It also needs to carry on with the luxury VW customers are expecting from the Phaeton. Offer it with a long wheel base, at least on the Chinese market. 100kWh battery.

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