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Volkswagen T-Prime GTE concept revealed, previews new large SUV

Volkswagen has unveiled a new concept SUV at the Beijing motor show, called the T-Prime GTE. It’s set to give us some idea of the future design direction of the next Touareg large SUV.

Volkswagen T-Prime GTE concept-driving

The company says the T-Prime is a “cutting-edge premium class SUV”, featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive, providing the “first glimpse of Volkswagen’s future flagship”.

Under the bonnet the T-Prime GTE features complex 2.0-litre turbo plug-in hybrid system developing up to 280kW in GTE mode. It also comes with a fully electric driving mode offering a range of up to 50km.

Inside is where most of the futuristic features reside. There’s an eight-speed automatic transmission which is controlled “by wire” using a special glass scroll wheel, and there’s a world-first Curved Interactive Area featuring a curved infotainment display.

Volkswagen T-Prime GTE concept-dash

Everything is digital, with no conventional switches or controls to be seen. Instead, every function is operated via gesture control, voice command, or by a touch-screen or touch surface of some kind.

As for the exterior design, it’s an evolution of VW’s typical clean and clutter-free styling language, with plenty of straight lines and masculine body contours, and a sophisticated front grille area.

The T-Prime concept won’t go into production as is, rather, it will inspire a new large SUV, potentially sitting above the Touareg.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.