Who knew Volkswagens could look tough?
Recently we brought you news that Volkswagen was releasing a three-row SUV to compete directly with Australia’s outback favorite, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Here in the US the SUV is intended instead as a last-ditch effort to add a full-size family hauler to VW's lineup. VW badly needs one of these as its SUV lineup at the moment currently leaves a lot to be desired. Auto Sina has uncovered photos of the upcoming SUV, said to be called the Teramont, and we must say that it doesn't look all that bad.
It also looks a lot like the Cross Blue Concept unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. What’s more is that the full-size SUV looks tough. Well, at least as tough as a vehicle with Volkswagen design language can look. Still, the long-awaited SUV should finally give Volkswagen a legit alternative to the likes of the Chevy Tahoe, Nissan Armada, and Ford Expedition in the US. Based off of the badges seen here, we believe that a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 280 horsepower lives in this example. The less potent engine option will likely be a 2.0-liter turbo-four. A diesel was planned but it’s anyone’s guess if Volkswagen will bring it to the US. As far as the design goes, size seems to be the defining factor.
The grille and chrome stripe that blends into the tail lights indicates that VW wants buyers and sightseers to know this thing is the real deal, a legit big boy SUV. Inside the theme continues with what appears to be a quality finish that’s simple and workmanlike, but like many Volkswagen interiors looks bland and ugly next to the competition. It’s really anyone’s guess as to how good the Teramont will be as an off-roader, but with the experience of building the Amarok pickup truck we think VW will be able to pull off something solid. Auto Sina reports that the Teramont will be officially released in November, which points to the 2016 LA Auto Show as being the venue for its debut.