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Next week’s Beijing motor show will play host to a new concept that will likely, although not officially, hint at the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Touareg.

Volkswagen has not offered any details on whether this concept will head to production, but, with the current Touareg due for replacement within the next 12 to 18 months, next week’s show car would seem a clear preview.

The new concept SUV is likely to wear a GTE badge, with Volkswagen confirming that its plug-in hybrid technology will be in play, providing a combined 280kW and 699Nm of torque.

Volkswagen claims a 0-100km/h time of six seconds for the big unnamed SUV concept.

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Exact details for the drive system are still to be revealed, although it will likely see either a six-cylinder petrol engine or a powerful turbocharged four paired with an electric motor package.

Volkswagen has previously revealed four- and six-cylinder GTE models, with larger examples including the European-market 160kW/400Nm Passat GTE and last year’s 279kW/500Nm Sport Coupe Concept GTE.

With numbers like that, the latter is likely to be closely related under the skin to this new SUV concept.

On the styling front, the new concept presents an unmistakable evolution of the familiar Touareg lines, while introducing the more muscular proportions that have appeared with the new Passat and Tiguan models.

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In concept form, the big SUV will feature an LED strip through the centre of the louvered grille, while the rear will showcase dark tail lamps with an LED arrangement that resembles a video game pixel-inspired look.

Watch for the new concept to make its debut at the Beijing motor show on April 24, and expect a production debut for the new Touareg to occur in the next 12 to 18 months.

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