Volkswagen Viloran Wears Full Camo for European Spyshots Debut
26 September 2019 - autoevolution
Well isn't this a strange sight? A couple of days ago, we reported on the Volkswagen Viloran, a new nameplate that was supposed to debut in China later this year.
But a prototype for that model has just been spied today undergoing hot-weather testing in Southern Europe.
We're not really sure what's going on here. Volkswagen is supposed to give up on all tourers, MPVs and the rest of that boring stuff. We know they're going to leave just one, a new nameplate with a sloping roof. But the Viloran is huge by any standards.
When the concept that previewed it came out, the SMV, it was said to underpin the largest car ever made on the MQB platform at over 5.1 meters long. It's basically like the Atlas, only streamlined and civilized. Still, you can see quite a bit of crossover styling, especially in the ground clearance and fender protection.
Speaking of which, the spyshots give us a clear view of the front end, which does indeed resemble the Touareg. But that's an entirely different machine, more similar to Audi's big cars. We don't think European dealerships would mind having an extra model, but this would be too large for most parking spots.
Indeed, it's probably too large for China too. It's just that they like a bit more legroom for their business partners. Can you imagine being picked up in this thing at the airport? I'd sign anything after that.
For the Chinese market, the main engine at launch is said to be a 2-liter turbo making 220 horsepower, which goes to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic. However, there's also a rumor about a 150-160 horsepower base model further down the line. And like anything sold there, it will eventually need a plug-in hybrid system.
As we said, there's a previous report on this car, where you can check out a couple of uncamouflaged shots and some renderings.