VW Beijing Concept gets PHEV powertrain

VW Beijing Concept gets PHEV powertrain


Volkswagen has released teaser images of a new concept set for launch at the Beijing Motor Show later this month. Classified as a premium SUV, the model is expected to preview the next-generation Touareg, and comes with a plug-in powertrain.

Maintaining VW’s renewed commitment to electrified vehicles, the Beijing Concept is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) with 376hp and 516 lb ft of torque. This gives the car performance figures of a 139mph top speed and 0-62mph time in 6.0 seconds.

More importantly though is the 31 mile electric-only range and weighted combined fuel economy figure of 78 MPG.

The VW concept also promises to be a high-tech addition to the range, as befitting the company’s flagship SUV. A new user interface and infotainment system will be shown, which promises a “new level of interactivity”, and “digitized operation centred on passengers”.

The press release also talks of VW’s Active Info Display and infotainment system being merged, hinting at an Audi Virtual Concept-style customisable driver information system. VW speaks of a lounge-like interior too for a comfortable travelling experience.

The new VW concept will be officially unveiled on Monday 25th April when the Beijing Motor Show opens.