Spyshots of SAIC-Volkswagen Teramont SUV

To cash in on China’s red hot SUV market, Volkswagen plans to roll out the Teramont through its two local joint ventures, with FAW and SAIC. The version from FAW-Volkswagen, under heavy camouflage, has been spotted several times around its plant in Foshan, Guangdong. Today we get a clear view of the SAIC-Volkswagen version. The two local variants are to bear different names, in a way like Passat and Magotan, Jetta and Sagitar. From the photos we cannot tell yet what they will be called when hitting the market sometime in 2017.

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Buillt on Volkswagen’s MQB platform and inspired by the CrossBlue concept, the upcoming midsize SUV will have a three-row, seven-seat layout. The vehicle spotted is powered by a V6 engine (of 3.6 liter); the EA888 2.0T option, it is believed, will also be offered.

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The SUV market in China jumped 52.7% in 2015 to 6.27 million units, and 44.4% to 3.9 million in H1 2016. Currently there are about 130 locally-made models on sale as new cars in the sector, while Volkswagen, the most popular passenger car brand, has only one, the Tiguan (not counting Audi and Skoda models). Teramont, to be launched in November outside China, is positioned above Tiguan and below Touareg.

In the local market, Teramont will compete mainly with Ford Edge, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Avancier.