Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its new SMV concept at Auto Shanghai 2019, with the fresh seven-seater show car previewing a massive SUV set to go into production in China (and likely exclusively for China) soon.
Measuring more than 5 100 mm nose to tail and running on the VW Group’s MQB platform, the SMV is even larger than the Atlas offered in other markets. While the automaker has yet to reveal images of the newcomer’s cabin, it’s said to seat seven (rather comfortably, we’d imagine, considering the wheelbase measures close to three metres).
Set to be built with a little help from joint venture partner FAW, the production version will be offered with a 2,0-litre TSI engine or a turbocharged 2,5-litre VR6 unit (the latter offerinf 217 kW and 500 N.m). All-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission are expected to ship standard across the range.
The SMV concept is part of the Wolfsburg-based firm’s latest model offensive in China, and is one of five new SUVs revealed in Shanghai. The China-spec T-Cross was also unveiled, alongside the Teramont X, the SUV Coupé concept and the ID Roomzz.
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