Volkswagen has followed up its T-Roc and T-Cross Breeze concepts with the big daddy, the T-Prime Concept GTE! Whereas the former two previewed a Golf- and Polo-sized production SUV, respectively, T-Prime points to a first full-size, seven-seat SUV, one with premium aspirations.
Described as “one of the most advanced cars in the world,” T-Prime Concept is large at 199.6 inches (5.06 meters) long and doesn’t look too far off from a production model. A wide chrome grille and flared wheel arches housing massive 22-inch wheels wrapped in 285/40 tires contribute heavily to its imposing look.
The interior is more conceptual than the exterior but indicates that production model will have a digital display for the instrument cluster and a large touchscreen for the infotainment system. Expect a lot of tech features, possibly including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and premium touches.
Considering that “GTE” in Volkswagen language denotes a hybrid, the T-Prime is a plug-in hybrid that can supposedly travel 31 miles (50 km) on electric power alone and 87 mpg overall.
Its high-tech powertrain combines a 2.0L TSI four-cylinder engine rated at 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque, an electric motor making 134-horsepower and 258ft-lb, and a 14.1-kWh battery pack to produce a combined output of 375 horsepower and an abundant 516 lb-ft. of torque.
An eight-speed automatic transmission and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive channel all that power to the ground, allowing the large crossover-SUV to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.0 seconds before reaching a top speed of 139 mph (224 km/h).
When fully depleted, the battery can be recharged in as little as 2.5 hours when using a 7.2 kW public charging station and up to eight hours with a regular 220-volt outlet.
The only thing peculiar about the Volkswagen ‘T-Prime‘ Concept GTE is its funny name. Aside from that, it’s a stylish, tech-laden crossover-SUV that could do wonders to bolster Volkswagen’s tarnished brand image. Would you make any changes to it?
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Arrives with More Power, Better Performance
Porsche rounded out its 718 lineup by unveiling the 2017 Cayman at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. The German sports coupe joins the 718 Boxster roadster.
The new 718 Cayman has near identical technical specifications to its soft top counterpart. The naturally-aspirated flat-six engines of the previous model have been replaced with a two-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower and 280lb-ft of torque and, in the more capable Cayman S, a 2.5-liter engine that produces 350 horsepower and 309lb-ft.
Each powerplant boasts 25-horsepower more than their respective predecessor, and Porsche claims that the base Cayman only requires 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour, while the Cayman S does the deed in 4.0 seconds flat.
Porsche also re-engineered the suspension and upgraded the brakes to accommodate the increased performance. Depending on the region, a six-speed manual transmission and/or seven-speed PDK twin-clutch automatic will be available.
Torque vectoring is optional, as are various individual upgrades.
For the first time ever, the Cayman is now priced lower than the equivalent Boxster. Prices in the United State start at at $54,950 (including destination) for the base model and at $67,350 for the Cayman S.
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Citroen C6 Has Been Revived for China Better Than Ever
Four years after the original model was cancelled in Europe, the Citroen C6 has been resurrected as a China-only model, making its world debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show.
The new C6 might very well be a Dongfeng Fengshen A9, which itself is based on PSA Peugeot Citroën’s EMP2 platform. It is less distinctively-styled than its predecessor, which , but comes across as a handsome executive sedan that will surely turn heads with its bold grille.
With an overall length of over 16 feet and a wheelbase of 9.5 feet, it offers more than enough roof four give passengers. The luxurious interior can be equipped with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a large touchscreen display for infotainment duties, Nappa leather seats, four-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Citroen C6 is believed to be powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter gasoline engine that produces 204 horsepower and 280 newton meters of torque, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
An even more luxurious DS-branded edition of the large sedan will likely be introduced later on.
Acura CDX Small SUV Debuts in China, Based on Honda HR-V
Acura used the 21016 Beijing Motor Show to show off its newest model, the CDX. The small SUV is the first Acura to be built in China.
Although based on the same platform that underpins the Honda HR-V, the CDX looks completely different from the Honda, featuring a unique front fascia highlighted by a bold hexagonal grille and headlight design inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that debuted earlier at the Detroit Auto Show.
The rear end is more subdued, but still looks like nothing seen on the HR-V.
Opening the front doors reveals a uniquely Acura interior with a higher quality materials and more available options than any Honda of its size.
A 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is the only powerplant Chinese buyers get, at least initially, and it produces 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. Both front- and all-wheel drive configurations are available, each with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Acura CDX goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2016. It is unclear if the Japanese automaker will sell the compact luxury crossover in North America, Europe and other markets, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually does considering how red-hot the global crossover-SUV segment is.