Volkswagen Unveils China-Only (and Huge) SUV Concept
German carmaker Volkswagen has whipped the covers off a large SUV that’s even bigger than the massive Atlas that’s aimed at the American market.
The SMV concept was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show this week, and despite currently only being a concept, will reportedly be made available to buyers in China within the next two years - though it looks ready for production around about now.
‘SMV’ stands for ‘Sport Multi-Purpose Vehicle’.
Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff had some pretty lofty things to say about its design.
“It’s about attracting buyers with something special and unique. A large SUV with an A-pillar that stretches far into the front, thereby expanding the cabin space. Sitting in this car will make people feel very superior.”
The new model is even longer than the Atlas which sits above the Tiguan Allspace in the US, and which is the largest SUV Volkswagen offers in Australia.
The SMV concept measures in at 5.1 metres long, giving it plenty of space for a third row making it a 7-seat offering.
It has been developed with Volkswagen’s local Chinese joint venture partner, automaker FAW, which is one of China’s largest automobile manufacturers.
The SMV concept will be built in China, for China, with Volkswagen and FAW revealing buyers will be able to pick from a 2.0-litre TSI engine or a larger turbocharged 2.5-litre VR6.
As a Volkswagen machine, it will also come with all the technological trimmings consumers would expect; 4Motion all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed DSG as standard.
Buyers outside of the Middle Kingdom are likely never to see the massive vehicle.