In Beijing Volkswagen is presenting a flagship all wheel drive plug-in hybrid concept T-Prime Concept GTE. Volkswagen also announced, that by 2020 it will introduce seven new plug-in hybrid models to chinese market.


With the T-Prime Concept GTE Volkswagen is showing its view into the automotive future in the shape of on premiun plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle with four wheel drive and possible zero emission on any kind of terrain.

Displays and controls are completely digital and controled via gesture and voice recognition, touchscreens and touch sensitive surfaces. As first of its kind T-Prime Conceot GTE features "Curved Interaction Area", a curved touch sensitive infotainment display that, together with other displays and controls, blends into a futuristic cockpit. Via the glass scroll wheel the driver can control even a 8-speed automatic transmision.

State of the art chassis allows a combination of sport car agility, compact car fuel efficiency and traction, which exceeds most of the four-wheel driven cars arround. This is also due to hybrid powertrain, which also allows up to 50 kilometers quiet zero emission electric drive. With the system power of 280 kW it easily combines acceleration in 6 seconds to 100 km/h and top speed of 224 km/h with fuel consumption as low as 3 litres of petrol per 100 kilometers.

The hybrid powertrain consists of 185 kW, 370 Nm 2-litre turbo-petrol engine and 8-speed automatic gearbox with 100 kw, 350 Nm electric motor integrated in its housing. Electric power is suplied by 14,1 kWh battery, that can be charged via 3,6 or 7,2 kW chargers. Hybrid powetrain also allows three modes of drive: pure electric E-Mode, Hybrid mode and most agile GTE Mode, all in combination with four wheel drive.

April 26, 2016 Driving photo: Volkswagen

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