Volkswagen’s T-Prime Concept GTE made its world premiere at the Beijing Auto Show. The Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE is a premium class sport utility vehicle that has been set to act as a predecessor to a full size SUV. Setting a new era, the concept is a plug-in hybrid with all-wheel drive system as well, and is said to return zero emissions on any terrain.
The T-Prime Concept GTE sits on Volkswagen’s MLB platform that underpins the second-gen Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. The concept GTE is comfortable like a saloon; spacious like an estate; offering traction that is superior to all other types of car It measures 5,069 mm in length, 2,000 mm in width while height comes in at 1,708mm. As seen before, the premium SUV features C-shaped LED DRLs on the front bumper, vent on the bonnets with edgy character lines and at the rear, a pair of LED tailamps.
Inside, the T-Prime Concept GTE will be the world’s first car to feature a Curved Interaction Area. The display and control concept are completely digital, while there is no use of conventional switches in the interior and have been completely replaced by gesture and voice control, touchscreens and touch-sensitive surfaces.
Under the hood, the GTE is power packed in a combined system with a 2.0-litre petrol unit pumping out 248bhp with a 134bhp electric motor, translating a total power output of 376bhp and 700Nm of torque. It offers three different driving modes, the pure-electric E-Mode, Hybrid, and GTE, where the GTE mode churns out maximum performance, to sprint from 0 – 100kmph in just 6.0 seconds with a top speed of 224kmph. One of the many fitting innovations is the plug-in hybrid drive that is practically silent in its electric E-Mode, which makes the T-Prime Concept GTE a zero-emission SUV with a range of up to 50 kilometres.
“The T-Prime Concept GTE is part of an SUV product offensive that was launched this spring with the European launch of the new Tiguan. In future this successful model will, for the first time, also be available with an extended wheelbase. In the classes above it, 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,” said the company in a statement.
While two new SUV model series will also make their debut that will be positioned under the Tiguan, while in the Golf class will be an SUV based on the T-ROC concept car. The T-Cross Breeze was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in March that gives a glimpse of a future SUV in the Polo class.