Beijing 2016 Preview: Volkswagen to debut high-tech PHEV concept

Beijing 2016 Preview: Volkswagen to debut high-tech PHEV concept image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen | posted April 19, 2016 07:52

Plug-in hybrid SUV with 381 PS to be revealed by Volkswagen

Volkswagen will be arriving at this year's Beijing International Auto Exhibition with a concept SUV that they claim will be high-tech and feature a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) propulsion. The concept's exact name has yet to be disclosed, but the company did release several details and images of the aforementioned vehicle.

Based on the teaser images, the concept's front fascia borrows styling cues from the 2016 Tiguan. It gets a dual headlight design, three-bar chrome grill with integrated LED lighting and C-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs).

Teaser image of Volkswagen's concept


The side profile gets flared wheel arches, muscular curves and mirror-cap integrated turn signals. The rear, on the other hand, appears to have organic light-emitting diode (OLED) taillights and a defined beltline that runs the entire length of the concept SUV.

Images of the concept's cabin were not provided but Volkswagen did say it will have Active Info Display. Beyond that, it will also have a fully digital instrument cluster.

Rear quarter of Volkswagen's upcoming concept

Over to power, Volkswagen claimed the concept SUV is rated to produce 381 PS along with 699 Nm of torque. As it is a plug-in hybrid, it can also be driven in full electric mode and has an estimated maximum range of 50 km. In full hybrid mode, Volkswagen stated it can go from 0 – 100 km/h in more than 6 seconds and reach a top speed of 223 km/h.

The 2016 Beijing International Auto Exhibition is scheduled to take place from April 29 – May 4, 2016.