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  • Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE debuts at 2016 Beijing Auto Show. Pictured: Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTEVolkswagen-media-services.com
  • VW T-Prime Concept GTE is a premium SUV based on the Volkswagen Group's modular longitudinal platform. Pictured: Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTEVolkswagen-media-services.com

German auto-maker Volkswagen has unveiled the brand new T-Prime Concept GTE in Beijing at the ongoing Auto China 2016. The VW T-Prime Concept GTE, a premium SUV, is based on the Volkswagen Group's modular longitudinal platform (MLB).

It comes with plug-in hybrid and all-wheel drive and can belt out a combined power of 374bhp of and 699Nm of torque. While the 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine can develop 248bhp and 370Nm of torque, the electric motor can pump in 133bhp and 350Nm of torque. The power is transmitted to the front and rear wheels via VW's MOTION permanent all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. It is capable of reaching 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds before hitting a top speed of 224kmph. The combined fuel efficiency with a fully charged battery is 36.98kmpl. The T-Prime Concept GTE offers three driving modes — E-Mode, Hybrid and GTE.

In the cabin of the VW T-Prime Concept GTE, the conventional switches in the interior have been completely replaced by gesture and voice control, touchscreens and touch-sensitive surfaces.

Betting big on the Chinese market, Volkswagen plans to launch seven new electric and plug-in hybrid models in the Chinese market in the next three to four years. The vehicles will also be made in China, said the company. At the Beijing Auto Show, the company has also previewed all-new Magotan, Phideon luxury saloon and the zero-emission MPV BUDD-e.

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