The Volkswagen Teramont, rumoured to be the name of the company's new seven-seat SUV, has been photographed completely undisguised in China. At the same time, clear new renderings have surfaced in the European press.
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Reports in the US suggest that Volkswagen headquarters has loosened its reigns somewhat, allowing its North American arm to name its new three-row, seven-seat SUV.

Sized to compete with the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, Toyota Kluger, the Teramont will be larger but less expensive than the Touareg that's currently on sale and due for a new generation soon.


Design-wise, the new Teramont is very closely related to the CrossBlue concept car, which made its debut at the 2013 Detroit motor show.

While earlier spy photos showed off the vehicle's flanks almost completely undisguised, these photos originally published by AutoHome give us a clear look, despite their low resolution, at the Teramont's interior, and front- and rear-end design.

Compared to the concept car, the production vehicle has a chunkier set of dual level headlights that are bisected by a chrome bar, which continues on from the grille.


At the rear, the tail-lights have been reshaped and their graphics given a corporate makeover. The designers have also added a chrome strip that blends in with the car's reversing lights.

The cabin of the Teramont looks very much the CrossBlue's, admittedly, almost production-ready interior.

The car pictured here is a V6 model, probably powered by a version of the company's 3.6-litre V6. While the CrossBlue featured a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, reports indicate that entry-level versions of the Teramont will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.


According to AutoSina, the Teramont will make its official debut in November. If true, the SUV will probably premiere at the Los Angeles motor show, which takes place in the middle of the month.

Volkswagen Australia has already indicated that it is interested in the Teramont, but with the crossover designed with China and the US in mind, it's unknown if it will be built in right-hand drive.