A couple of days ago we brought you the first photos of the Volkswagen Viloran, a new big minivan designed by the German automaker specifically for the Chinese market, together with joint venture partner SAIC Motor.
While those photos showed the partially-covered vehicle on a transporter in China, we can now show you spy shots of a fully-camouflaged Viloran prototype spotted in southern Spain during testing. Before getting your hopes up too high, you should know that the Viloran is unlikely to make it to Europe, although it could be offered in Russia.
The prototype was probably shipped to Spain for hot weather testing purposes only. Looking at the images, we can better assess the proportions and size of the 2020 Viloran, which is bigger than VW’s largest passenger car-based MPV currently available in Europe, the Sharan.
Despite the camouflage tape, we can still decipher some of the details including the massive grille, sleek horizontal LED headlights, and parts of the LED taillights that feature a chrome strip which reminds us of the Audi A6’s taillamps.
As these photos and the earlier ones from China can reveal, the VW Viloran features big sliding doors on both sides to allow easy access to a roomy interior which should accommodate up to seven passengers, in order to compete with the likes of Buick GL8 and Lexus LM luxury minivans.
The VW Viloran packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 220 PS (217 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque, mated as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, there’s no mention of a hybrid powertrain, at least not at launch.
According to reports from China, SAIC-VW has already begun production of the big posh minivan, which is expected to go on sale in December in the world’s largest car market.