Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE Detailed Walkthrough – Video

AUG 7 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

The Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE was unveiled at the 2016 Auto China in Beijing (details: general description, live photos and videos) and was recently also presented in person by Autogefühl in this excellent “hands on” (literally) review.

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

The concept previews the next generation Touareg, and shows a lot of VW’s new design language for upper class SUVs.

Of course the plug-in hybrid version is expected to become the top of the line offering.

T-Prime GTE Concept Specs:

  •  4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive with a plug-in hybrid system boasting up to 375 hp of system power, 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of system torque – electric motor (134 hp and 258 lb-ft) is integrated into the housing of the 8-speed automatic gearbox and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gas engine TSI (248 hp and 273 lb-ft)
  •  31 miles all-electric range (NEDC) on a 14.1 kWh battery, and combined NEDC fuel consumption is 87 mpg
  • 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and has a top speed of 139 mph

 

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

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14.1 KWH battery! Much better than most of the lame German PHEVs.

But still stupid that they don’t do 16kwh since the government in the United States pays for it.

Indeed.. but still sad that it appears it will only get around 20 miles EPA range.

I’m sure they will make one model for Europe and one for the US – as they allways to. The US version can be fitted with a bigger battery. If VW will take advantage of the rules.

In the US, cars are normally fitted with a larger engine, and a softer suspension for starters.

And.. diesel is still popular in Europe due to taxes on (greenhouse gas) CO2, and the fuel economy. Now they have tested all models, and only BMW diesel engines was under the legal limit on NOx. I think there might be some changes to the regulations. But that usually takes time. At the same time, there are more EVs and PHEVs on the road.

I think range is more and more important to potential PHEV buyers too. There is a lot of talk about PHEVs that only have cold starts, and almost never reach proper engine temperature. They have almost long enough range, but just almost. 45-65 miles would be perfect (if they can not cram Tesla range in a PHEV that is..)so that most people could use a PHEV and just use the engine on longer trips. But more range add weight and cost.

Should the chinese buyers send the bill straight to the white house for the US government to pay or how do you suggest it would be done?

Anyway there will be many happy EV buyers around the globe for being sponsored by the US governemnt… 😉

20% bigger battery than Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV! Real world range will be similar. Price and availability in N.A. will be everybody’s question going into 2017/2018. Can any body actually get an affordable version of these cars on dealer lots here in the U.S.!

Because yeah, I’d run high voltage wires next to fuel lines. Oh and a fuel tank under the back seat. Great design, VW! This thing is a death trap.

LOL

It’s not high voltage in those wires.

The only high voltage in a car is in a ICE car (for the spark plugs), and if you have HID lights.

Fuel tanks are almost always under the seats, but bolted on the outside, under the car.
They always aim for a 50/50 weight distribution. That is why the battery is in the back. Regulations require the gas/diesel tank to be more or less between the wheels, and away from the crumple zones. Or else it would be a lot more fires after collisions with gas powered cars. Diesel cars are a lot less likely to catch fire.

In China, only the vehicles with 50 km (31 miles) of range will get the government subsidies and that’s why every company that introduces a plugin wants to have at least 50 km.

In USA, its based on the battery size which could be different. So VW is only after subsidies and not after how much they can provide for the best.

Anyway, 50 km is good enough for most of the Chinese and other Asians and even Europeans.

Ugly

It’s obvious VW has styling issues. What a shame, since.a good looking car costs about the sane to make as an ugly one. Guess the corporate bigwigs there just can’t handle criticism.