Volkswagen Is Making A High-Tech SUV Concept At The Beijing Auto Show

Apr 19, 2016 04:00 AM EDT | Tes Christiansen

Volkswagen has decidedly moved on from the dieselgate scandal and is about ready to showcase its newest concept on another car. The automaker will be releasing more information regarding the unnamed concept, hopefully, at the Beijing auto show the following week.

According to the company, car enthusiasts would be setting their sights on a highly advanced SUV which would run on electricity at a full range of 31 miles, CNET reported. With a net output of up to 376 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, Volkswagen says the car would be able to consume about 78 mpg of fuel. Talk about a fuel saver.

Few pictures of the concept SUV rolling on news circuits have resulted to rather mixed reactions, as its exterior look is somewhat similar to previous Volkswagens lately. With slim headlights and lots of LED as seen on its siblings e-Golf and BUDD-e concepts, the luxury SUV is also expected to have lots of screens as well.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">VW is teasing a new electric plug-in SUV concept to be unveiled next week [Gallery] <a href="https://t.co/YotwqSHvzB">https://t.co/YotwqSHvzB</a> <a href="https://t.co/b8kZ6niBub">pic.twitter.com/b8kZ6niBub</a></p>&mdash; Electrek.Co (@ElectrekCo) <a href="https://twitter.com/ElectrekCo/status/722119472484454401">April 18, 2016</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> 

The new VW design is expected to have wider interior lounge space, with the company's drive on continued digitalization of its vehicles. GizMag noted in a separate post that the proposed SUV concept from Volkswagen would likely run up to 62 mph (100 km/hr) in a little over 5.0 seconds, much faster than the Golf GTI. It is, however, considerably less efficient than BMW's X5 xDrive 40e or Volvo's XC90.

On the other hand, Volkswagen might be producing the next Touareg from under the hood up to the exterior in front as seen on preliminary photos which surfaced online lately. There are also talks about the VW concept's media entertainment system to be merged with its Active Info display, like that of Audi's Virtual deck. With the Beijing auto show a few days away, it's better to wait and see.

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