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Beijing LIVE: Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

by Byron Hurd

VW\'s new three-row greets the world in Beijing.

Volkswagen debuted yet another SUV in Beijing this week--this time, one that looks like it may have some staying power.

What we see here is the Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE. The "T" in "T-Prime" likely stands for "Touareg," because that is exactly what this appears to replace.

If you haven't picked up on the pattern yet, "GTE" denotes a hybrid. The T-Prime is a plug-in, and Volkswagen claims it will do 31 miles on electric power alone (thanks to a 14.1-kWh battery pack) and 87 mpg overall (on what rating system, we're not entirely certain, but it is just a concept after all).

The powertrain combines a 2.0L TSI four-cylinder engine producing 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque with a 134-horsepower, 258ft-lb electric motor for a total output of 375 horsepower and fairly impressive 516lb-ft of torque.

Power goes to the ground via an eight-speed automatic transmission and Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive.

But that's not VW's favorite part. Oh, no. That honor goes to the combined infotainment/gauge/center stack, which Volkswagen is collectively referring to as the T-Prime's "Curved Interaction Area." You like ze curves, ja?

So what if it sounds like an engineer's awkward nickname for his pub friend and it features something that sounds like it's straight out of a German sex ed video? We're just happy to see VW looking serious when it comes to SUVs.

Live Photos by Ronan Glon.

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