Volkswagen Reveals T-Prime Concept GTE With a Plug-In Hybrid Drivetrain and the Latest Infotainment Tech

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen News on Monday, April 25th, 2016 at 6:32 pm
VW Plug-In Hybrid T-Prime Concept at 2016 Beijing Auto Show

VW Plug-In Hybrid T-Prime Concept at 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Volkswagen continues to preview its new and upcoming SUV line, most recently revealing the T-Prime Concept GTE at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. Not only is this new concept attractive, but it offers a wonderful blend of power and efficiency. So, without further ado, here is what we know about the VW plug-in hybrid T-Prime concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

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Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE Engine and Performance Specs

Like we said, the T-Prime concept is a plug-in hybrid model. It comes equipped with a turbocharged gasoline engine producing 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, as well as an electric motor producing up to 134 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. All together, the VW T-Prime is capable of delivering a combined system horsepower of 375 and combined system torque of 516 lb-ft. This is paired with 4MOTION AWD.

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rear hatch bumper design on the vw t-prime concept gte

Despite all the power, the T-Prime concept has a combined NEDC fuel consumption of 87 mpg, as well as a pure electric range of 31 miles. Three driving modes can help drivers get exactly the type of performance they desire. The vehicle starts off purely electric in E-Mode, but when the accelerator is applied to a certain pressure, the T-Prime switches to Hybrid mode. A GTE mode is available to offer sportier driving dynamics.

[Read more: See a preview of another upcoming production SUV from the VW T-Cross Breeze]

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept Tech and Infotainment Features

The exciting aspects of the T-Prime concept aren’t limited to just the vehicle’s exterior. Like the T-Cross Breeze convertible SUV and the BUDD-e microbus concepts, the T-Prime comes with the latest technologies for infotainment display and control.

Featuring a Curved Interaction Area, the T-Prime merges the vehicle’s 12-inch Active Info Display and 15-inch infotainment system. While the Active Info Display can adjust to display navigation on a 3D map, as well as key vehicle operation information, the infotainment head unit can arrange three different tiles displaying information from music and voicemail to weather and navigation directions. A 9.6-inch display is located between the seats for rear passenger viewing. In addition, there are no buttons, as controls are handled through touchscreen or touch-sensitive displays, as well as gestures and voice commands.

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vw ti=prime concept gte active info display infotainment curved interaction area

[Related: See how the VW BUDD-e microbus concept integrates these high tech infotainment features]

We wish we could share more about the VW plug-in hybrid T-Prime concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, but there’s simply too many exciting features to cover here. That being said, Volkswagen has said that this concept previews a new and upcoming production model, so be sure to stay tuned to the Volkswagen Santa Monica blog for all current VW news.

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