The 2016 Beijing auto show garnered great attention because of the long list of cars that made it to the show floor and the Volkswagen T-Prime concept model found its way as well.
The SUV is considered the most advanced of them all with next gen features including large screen touchscreen console, performance driven powertrain and an incredibly designed interiors to offer maximum comfort. The concept car also features an electric motor and is one among the few SUVs that boast of being a plug-in hybrid model.
The Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE is powered by an electric motor capable of running 31 miles before switching to the gasoline powered engine. It uses 4Motion all-wheel driving system capable of delivering 375 horsepower combined with 516 lb feet of torque. The concept model can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6 seconds. The top speed of the car is locked at 139 mph.
Apart from the hybrid motor, it uses a conventional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and uses an eight speed automatic transmission system. The battery is of 14.1 kWh capacity which can be charged on the go. While Volkswagen didn’t opt for a drastic design change, they have focused more on the interior look, comfort and the features within. The infotainment screen is curved which is probably the first of its kind in a SUV.
Active Info Display is a concept based on which the T-Prime Volkswagen SUV is designed. The car uses the curved screen which offers maximum visibility for the driver and acts like an arc making it easier to spot information without difficulty. It is termed as the cockpit of the feature. The steering wheel is free of any buttons. It can be used to perform activities using touch sensitive buttons which are barely visible. They are activated based on the pressure exerted by the user and a tactile feedback lets one know if they have pressed it as intended.
The T-Prime is integrated with a stylish chrome radiator grille which seamlessly integrates into the LED headlights. The window lines start right near the hood and the wheel arches much more prominent when compared to previous VW SUVs. The car gets a muscular appearance because of these changes and it helps keep the center of gravity on the lower side.
There is no information on when Volkswagen plans to push the T-Prime concept into production.