New VW SUV: official images and detailsJanuary 17, 2019
The Volkswagen alternative to the Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUVs will enter the market in 2021 and get a very practical interior that can be watered.
As part of the strategy to conquer the global market for electric vehicles (which, however, has not yet been properly formed), the Volkswagen Group is preparing about 50 new models with zero exhaust, most of which will be built on the modular MEB platform. We talked in detail about the upcoming electric innovations under the VW brand in November, but since then the list of planned premieres has been supplemented with new positions. So, at the end of December, Michael Yost, head of Volkswagen’s strategic development department, told German media about a brutal electric SUV project that could compete with the iconic Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Now Jost shared with our colleagues new details and even provided three sketches of the future car in the hope of a positive public reaction, which would allow the manager to convince the concern management of the need for the project. Now the SUV, which is conditionally named T-Rug, is at an early stage of development, but if everything goes according to plan, then it can enter the market as early as 2021.
According to Jost, the T-Rug is based on a special version of the modular MEB platform, prepared for the large flagship electric crossover I.D. SUV, the main advantages of which are high ground clearance and power reserve on a single charge of up to 600 km. T-Rug should be a unique offer in the segment of SUVs, combining electric traction with a great geometric cross and practical body. The sketch of the interior shows the touch panels in the door cards, a virtual instrument panel and a slot for a smartphone – it is probably planned to be used as a media player and navigation system. They promise very practical, non-scratch-resistant finishing materials and waterproofing electronic components – so that after driving dust and dirt can wash the cabin with a hose.
Two versions of the SUV are planned for release at once: a short three-door with a length of 4.5 m and a long five-door with a length of 4.85 m. version, but the Mercedes-Benz G-Class exists so far only in the 5-door version, but in the future, most likely, will receive a unique performance of 6 × 6 with a pick-up body.
From myself, we note that the concept of an electric SUV outlined by Michael Yost is not unique: at the end of November last year, the American startup Rivian announced a seven-seater R1S capable of driving up to 660 km on a single charge. He also has a magnificent geometric cross (ground clearance – 365 mm, the depth of the ford to be overcome – 1 m) and the interior to be washed, while the Americans promise to bring their car to the market by the end of 2020.
Currently, the only full-fledged SUV in the VW lineup is the Amarok pickup. This week it became known that the next generation of this model will be developed by Ford – as part of the alliance with Volkswagen.
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