2016 Auto China Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE front quarters Volkswagen premiered several interesting concepts for the 2016 Auto China in Beijing, including the T-Prime Concept GTE, Magotan, Phideon and BUDD-e concept. Let’s start off with the T-Prime Concept GTE, this conept is a premium 4-seater SUV (sport utility vehicle) that’s most likely reserved for the Chinese market, when it becomes a production reality.

With plug-in hybrid and all-wheel drive as well as zero emissions on any terrain, the concept car makes an automotive statement of a new era. The T-Prime Concept GTE is part of an SUV product offensive that was launched this spring with the European debut of the new Tiguan.

Inside, the display and control on the T-prime Concept GTE are completely digital, the conventional switches have been done away with and replaced by gesture and voice control, touchscreens and touch-sensitive surfaces. The T-Prime is the world’s first car to feature a Curved Interaction Area, a curved infotainment display that blends in with the remaining displays and controls in the futuristic cockpit. The concept car’s eight-speed automatic transmission is controlled intuitively “by wire” using a glass scroll wheel.

In addition, the T-Prime Concept GTE combines the best of various different automotive worlds: comfortable like a saloon; spacious like an estate; offering traction that is superior to all other types of car; based on state-of-the-art chassis technology; agile like a sportscar and thanks to innovative drive technologies. efficient like a compact car. One of the many fitting innovations is the plug-in hybrid drive that is practically silent in its electric E-Mode, which makes the T-Prime Concept GTE a zero-emission SUV with a range of up to 50 kilometers. In GTE mode the 381 PS concept car demonstrates pure dynamism. Visually, the innovative technical layout is reflected in a charismatic and sporty design.

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Next up is the newly-developed Magotan Saloon (Sedan), scheduled for July launch in China. The Magotan is the first vehicle to be based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Thanks to the MQB, the designers and engineers were able to achieve a rear passenger compartment with an unrivalled amount of space as well as ideal body proportions. Alongside this, the Magotan also features a plethora of new driver assistance and convenience and infotainment systems. And the Magotan features a high-tech drive train, too: three TSI engines ranging from 150 PS to 220 PS offer the highest possible degree of efficiency and dynamism.

The new Phideon is another premium class saloon offering from Volkswagen, with a length of five meters. It it set for debut in China in the third quarter of 2016. The Phideon was derived, with only minor changes, almost directly from the breath-taking C Coupé GTE concept car (which made its world premiere at Auto Shanghai in 2015). The all-wheel drive Phideon 3.0 TSI 4MOTION is available with a V6 TSI that delivers 300 PS. The new saloon will also be available as a 2.0 TSI (four-cylinder and front-wheel drive), along with a plug-in hybrid version some time in the future.

Finally, the BUDD-e is based on a new technology matrix for VW electric vehicles with an estimated range of up to 533 km (NEDC). The battery can be 80% recharged within 30 minutes. Furthermore, touch and gesture control merge seamlessly; switches and buttons are a thing of the past; individual displays blend into large infotainment panels and analogue mirrors are replaced by digital screens.

Edited: Volkswagen