Future Volkswagen Touareg drivers should be prepared for low-cylinder times. It is hard to imagine that the Wolfsburg-based company will do without a V6 TDI for their next business car, but the drive train of the T-Prime Concept GTE presented in China could be the solution for a future top SUV model. It is a plug-in hybrid that is not bad in the feed with 280 kW / 381 PS. An electric motor accounts for 100 kW / 136 hp, while a two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine contributes 185 kW / 252 hp. After all, the study, which according to Volkswagen brand boss Herbert Diess is to be followed by a production model in the near future, is equipped with a physical all-wheel drive. Accordingly, there is a central power unit - the electric machine is linked to the eight-stage gear unit. The 700 Nm applied in total are distributed to both axles via a variable locking center differential. After a fully charged battery, 50 km can be covered purely electrically.
Volkswagen's new off-road vehicle study - based on the modular longitudinal construction kit - is emphatically digital. Classic button operation seems to be a thing of the past; the T-Prime Concept is primarily controlled by gesture control and a touchscreen. Generous infotainment areas provide passengers with a wide range of information - including information that goes far beyond the usual vehicle information. After all, the mobile pedestal is always connected to the Internet and allows you to use various apps. It is also conceivable to play the latest news or weather data on the monitors, some of which are also available in the rear.
Comfortable individual seats are waiting for their use there. A glance into the spacious interior shows that the 5,07 meter long study should primarily appeal to aesthetically oriented long-distance users. The architecture consists of an interplay of wood, piano lacquer, leather and valuable metal.
The further developed multifunction steering wheel also heralds the start of a new era of operation: There are no more defined buttons here, but touch-sensitive surfaces. The current Touareg is now six years old - so it shouldn't be long in coming to replace it. So it remains exciting which technical solutions will sneak into the series by the next year or at most the year after next.