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Volkswagen SMV Concept Unveiled Ahead of Shanghai Auto Show

Volkswagen SMV Concept Unveiled Ahead of Shanghai Auto Show

Snapshot: The Volkswagen SMV concept is a seven-seater SUV for the Chinese market.

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  • Volkswagen SMV Concept is built on the MQB platform.
  • The 7-seat SUV is meant for the Chinese market. 
  • Set to be Volkswagen’s largest SUV, it measures 5.1m in length. 
  • It will be produced by FAW-Volkswagen in China.
  • Under the hood, the production model will get a choice between a 2.0-L and 2.5L petrol engines.

German conglomerate Volkswagen has revealed a new SUV concept called the SMV which is meant for the Chinese market. The concept has been revealed ahead of the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show premiere. Based on Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform, the SMV SUV concept features a seven-seat layout and measures 5.1m in length. With this, the SMV is set to become the largest SUV from the German car giant so far. The production version SMV SUV will be sold and produced in China by FAW-Volkswagen joint venture (JV). 

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Styling on the SMV concept has been done in line with new-age SUVs from Volkswagen with elements such as rectangular headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, a flowing roofline, etc. adorning the front.  The sharp lines, creases and curved bonnet on the concept accentuate the bold look. At the back, the LED-equipped tail lamps stretch across the boot lid. 

The chunky bumpers at both ends and large alloy wheels go well with the bulky body. Illuminated elements on the door handles and front fenders enhance the visual appeal. While the concept has been revealed, interior details are still under the wraps.  

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On the power front, the production-spec SUV will get a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol unit along with a larger 2.5-litre, six-cylinder turbo petrol engine that will be specific to the Chinese market. This unit will make a maximum power of 297 bhp against 499 Nm torque and will come paired to a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The drive will be sent to all four wheels through a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. While the production-spec SMV SUV will soon go on sale in China, there is yet no clarity if Volkswagen will sell it in other international markets. 

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