Unveiled on the same day as the North American Atlas, the Volkswagen Teramont is the brand’s local model for the Chinese market.
There are a few minor styling tweaks differentiating the two SUVs, but the most important detail is that the latter is made in the People’s Republic by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture, while the former is put together in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
According to China’s Auto Sina, the seven-seater SUV will be available with a 2.0-liter TFSI engine in two outputs – 186 HP and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque and 220 HP and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque, in addition to a German-made 2.5-liter V6. All units are available with a 7-speed DCT transmission, which is paired to a 4Motion AWD system.
Positioned between the Tiguan L and the Touareg, the new Volkswagen Teramont sits at 5,039 mm (198,4 in) long, 1,989 mm (78,3 in) wide and 1,773 mm (69,8 in) tall, with a 2,980 mm (117,3 in) wheelbase. The crossover will take on the Toyota Highlander and Ford Edge in China where prices are said to range from 300,000 yuan (equal to $44,000) to 450,000 yuan ($66,000).
Full details will be released next month during the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show, where the new SUV will make its debut.