Alex Misoyannis • Volkswagen has unveiled the Teramont X and SUV Coupe, two new crossovers with coupe-like styling, at the Shanghai motor show today.
The Teramont X is the only production-ready model of the two coupe SUVs revealed in China. Visually, it borrows heavily from the Atlas Cross Sport concept displayed at the 2018 New York motor show, later shown in a leaked photo.
Up front, the X resembles a standard Teramont, albeit with a sportier lower bumper design and unique headlights. Around the rear is where the majority of the changes lie, as there’s a new sloping roofline that leads into a revised lower diffuser.
Dimensionally, the swoopy SUV is around 100mm shorter and 60mm closer to the ground than its conventional wagon sibling, measuring in at 4.9 metres long, 1.99 metres wide and 1.72 metres tall.
Interior measurements haven’t been quoted, however its likely that rear seat passengers will be experience slightly less headroom and kneeroom as a result of the reduced exterior dimensions.
Under the bonnet will be the choice of two engines: a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol available in either 137kW or 162kW states of tune, or a 2.5-litre turbocharged VR6 petrol producing 220kW of power and 499Nm of torque.
Volkswagen says order books for the Teramont X will open in May, ahead of a Chinese market launch in the coming months. North America is also expected to get a version of the coupe SUV, badged as the Atlas Coupe.
SUV Coupe Concept
Whereas the Teramont X is a production model, VW claims the SUV Coupe is just a concept. The term concept should be taken lightly however, as it looks like a near production-ready coupe version of the Chinese-market Tayron.
Up front, it combines the grille, headlights and lower intake of the Tayron with sportier black trim and a dark grille that wouldn’t look out of place on one of the brand’s R performance models.
At the rear, the concept sports a bold, rakish roofline, along with T-Roc-like LED taillights, a black lip spoiler and quad exhaust tips.
The concept measures in at 4586mm long, 1860mm wide and 1635mm wide, with a 2731mm wheelbase – for comparison, that’s larger than the popular five-seat Tiguan, but smaller than the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace.
Underpinning the simply-named SUV Coupe is the ubiquitous MQB platform used by most Volkswagen models, which provides ample space to cram a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the bonnet.
The German brand says a showroom-ready version of the SUV Coupe will land in Chinese dealerships later in 2019. Don’t expect it to look wildly different to the concept revealed in Shanghai, though.
Neither coupe SUV will be reaching Australian shores.
Volkswagen Australia confirmed to CarAdvice in February that the US-market Atlas would not be making the trip Down Under, as a business case for right-hand-drive production would be too difficult to justify. As a result, the Teramont X will be off-limits to Aussie buyers.
Once it enters production later this year, the SUV Coupe will only be sold in China, like the Tayron SUV it is directly based on.