Volkswagen has just released a handful of images showing a technology-laden plug-in hybrid SUV to be shown at the Beijing Auto Show.
Of its new concept, the automaker says it “is one of the most advanced luxury SUVs in the world, and will highlight the “digitilization of the automobile,” with fully digital operation and a “new level of interactivity.”
Outside, the concept is immediately noticeable for its extensive use of LED lighting on the exterior, including its running lights that extend across the grille to the VW logo in the center.
The taillights are similarly creative, taking the form of inward-pointing arrows. Although we couldn’t yet say for certain whether they will flash sequentially.
The high-tech theme is is said to be continued on the interior touted by Volkswagen, although none of the teaser shots show any part of it. VW says it will have a highly advanced interactive digital display system, so don’t be surprised if there are gesture controls and multiple touchscreens.
The interior is also said to be “lounge-like,” something shown to be popular with the Chinese market in large part because of the comparatively high percentage of chauffeur-driven cars.
We know that the SUV will have a plug-in drivetrain and produces 376 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. It is estimated to hit 62 mph in 6.0 seconds and go on to a top speed of 139 mph. All-electric range on the easy going NEDC cycle comes in at 31 miles, says VW.
We don’t know too much about the mechanical specifics of the systems, such as whether it even offers AWD, although that much is likely. It’s possibly an update of the 3.6-liter V6 and two electric motors found in the 2015 Cross Coupe GTE concept, with a bump in power from the 355 horsepower found in the earlier concept.
The Beijing show kicks off on April 25, and we’ll get a better look at the car then. Although whether we’ll ever actually see this concept anywhere outside of China may be another matter.