New Volkswagen Teramont Full-Size Crossover Is Like The Poor Man’s Audi Q7

The internet has once again broken down the walls surrounding Volkswagen’s upcoming three-row crossover, which some believe might be called the “Teramont”.

As with the previous images we showed you, these too come from China, this time from Autohome. They are totally free of camouflage, and further validate our initial impression that Volkswagen has kept faithful to the original Crossblue study that made its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The same sources claim to have acquired an official diagram of the Chinese-specification model’s dimensions, which should be identical to the international market version that will be built and sold in North America from early next year.

According to this paper, the crossover has a similar footprint to the Audi Q7 at 5,039mm (198.4 in.) long, 1,989mm (78.3 in.) wide, 1,773mm (69.8 in.) tall, with a 2,980mm (117.3 in.) wheelbase. In comparison, the new Audi Q7 measures 5,052mm (198.9 in.) long, 1,968mm (77.5 in.) wide, 1,741mm tall (68.5 in.), with a 2,994mm (117.9 in.) wheelbase.

While promising Q7 levels of space, VW’s crossover will be equipped and priced to go after more modest,  full-size, three-row models starting from the low-$30,000 range like Chevy’s Traverse, Ford’s Explorer, Honda’s Pilot, Hyundai’s Santa Fe and Mazda’s CX-9.

From the tailgate badging, we see that the Chinese market model will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline (TSI) engine, and which will likely hold true for the North American version that might also get a gasoline V6 and later on, a plug-in hybrid four-cylinder variant as well, along with a choice of front or 4Motion all-wheel drive versions.

Part of the company’s plan to increase sales and move past its diesel emissions scandal in North America, the MQB-platform based crossover will be built at VW’s Chattanooga plant in Tennessee.

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  • Bananarama

    Wow. That looks TERRIBLE. VW and Audi are in a huge rut in terms of exterior design. That headlight and grille combo is atrocious. It’s both too rounded and too blingly where it comes off as tacky and dated.

    That character line that arches over the wheels is also gross. What were they thinking?? It’s generic and boring AND a mess in terms of modern design. This could have released in 2010 and fit in…

    • matrem

      Honestly the Kodiak looks incredible compared to this.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        And the Kodiaq already looks good to begin with.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      I agree, but I don’t know where you get the idea this could have/ should have come in 2010. No, I think the date would be much earlier than that, like in the mid-90’s or something. lol

      For those that miss the styling aspects from the 60’s & 70’s of American autos, they are going to love this.

  • klowik

    I prefer this rugged design to the Audi Q7 if the Teramont has more off-road capability.

    • Bash

      the key word is IF, but lets face it its not gonna happen… its going after Honda Pilot and Ford’s Explorer and Hyundai’s Santa Fe and Mazda’s CX-9, so don’t expect much more than what these offer.. just another 7-seater soccer mom SUV..

  • dumblikeyou2

    Gosh, I hope not.

  • Miknik

    The Q7 is ugly, but this is ugly, oldschool and manages to look cheap. So only poor man’s Q7 in terms of road space usage…

  • f1300

    A “poor man’s Audi Q7”? Please! “Poor” and 60k € and rising doesn’t really go along. If anything, the Dacia/Renault Duster could get that title, since you get about six Duster for the estimated price of that abomination… ridiculous…

    • Wade M

      I hate that title so much.

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  • Nordschleife

    That character line is indeed hideous but the front doesn’t look so bad to me. This is the type of VW that would present better in a higher trim like an R-Sport. Well come to think of it most VW’s present better in higher trim levels.

  • Enter Ranting

    VW builds a nondescript SUV to star in insurance company commercials.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Lol. Lol. Lol. What on earth!!! Lol.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I get terrible reminders of the Kia Borrego looking at this…

  • Raf

    I must say the Kodiaq looks much better. Shame we don’t get it.

  • Alx

    I get that incorporating the grill into headlights is the new black…but this, No. It’s got this modern day American 70s suburbia feel to it.

  • Wade M

    I really don’t like your title… As a VW lover, I don’t consider myself as a poor man. I can afford a Q7, but I chose VW.

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