Volkswagen have revealed a new concept car, the T-Prime GTE, a cutting edge premium class SUV expected to surpass the size of the Touareg.
The concept car signals a new era in motoring, the T-Prime is a plug-in hybrid featuring all-wheel drive as well as zero emissions on any terrain. The T-Prime combines the best of different automotive features: the comfort of a saloon; the space of an estate; superior traction to all other types of car; state-of-the-art chassis technology; sports car agility; and, thanks to innovative drive technologies, the efficiency of a compact car.
In the T-Prime hybrid mode, the electric E-Mode makes the car a zero emission SUV giving the driver a range up to 31 miles. In GTE mode the power output is 381 PS, offering a dynamic drive. The technical layout is complemented by a charismatic and sporty design. The display and control concept offer the driver a completely digital experience, conventional switches in the interior have been replaced by gesture and voice control, touchscreens and touch sensitive surfaces. The T-Prime is the world’s first car to feature a curved interaction area.
The T-Prime Concept GTE is part of an SUV product offensive launched this spring by the European debut of the new Tiguan. In the future this successful model will, for the first time, also be available with an extended wheelbase. In the classes above, this will be followed by a new mid-size SUV for China and the USA as well as the successful Touareg or a vehicle based on the T-Prime Concept GTE.
Volkswagen plans to launch seven new electric and plug-in hybrid models in the Chinese market in the next three to four years. These vehicles will also be made in China.
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Source: Volkswagen UK