Volkswagen is reportedly developing a new turbocharged V6 engine for its Arteon fastback and Atlas/Teramont crossovers.

Martin Hube, a product line spokesperson for Volkswagen, told Car Throttle the company is working on a new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine developing around 301kW of power, and will be the latest iteration of Volkswagen's narrow-angle V6 or 'VR6' engine series.

One of the first recipients of this engine will be the Teramont crossover, which is the Chinese market version of the Atlas sold in the USA.

Currently the Teramont range is capped off by a 220kW/500Nm 2.5-litre turbo V6, while the American Atlas line is topped off by a 206kW 3.6-litre naturally-aspirated V6 engine.

Above and top: Four-cylinder Volkswagen Arteon.

The company has already created an Arteon prototype fitted with the 3.0-litre turbo V6 engine, and a Haldex all-wheel drive system.

Hube says the turbo V6 Arteon can be provoked into a bit of oversteer, and should have enough guts to "beat all the Porsche Panameras out of your way".

If this Arteon turbo V6 model does make its way into showrooms, it will provide buyers with a considerable step up from today's range-topping engine: a 206kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder shared with the Golf R.

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