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The VW T-Prime Concept GTE bows in Beijing (pictures)

With a wagon-like silhouette and a plug-in-hybrid drivetrain, the T-Prime Concept GTE is yet another step in Volkswagen's electrification efforts.

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The T-Prime Concept GTE is a plug-in hybrid, marrying a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine to electric motors.

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Net output is 375 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, sent through all four wheels.

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It's capable of traveling up to 31 miles on battery power alone, thanks to a 14.1-kWh, lithium-ion battery. In performance mode, it reaches 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds.

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The concept's exterior design is similar to that of the Audi Q7, with emphases on horizontal width and a slim silhouette that's more wagon than crossover.

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In fact, we'd bet dollars to donuts that much of this look will translate over to a future Volkswagen Touareg.

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Inside the car, you'll find nothing but touchscreens and gesture controls. There isn't a single piece of physical switchgear.

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Even the shifter lacks a physical connection to the transmission.

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If you like screens, there are three big ones -- a 12.0-inch screen in the instrument binnacle, a 15.0-inch infotainment display and a 9.6-inch screen for rear-seat occupants.

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We'd bet dollars to donuts that several design elements you see here translate over to a future generation of Volkswagen Touareg.

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VW plans to launch seven new, electrified vehicles in The Middle Kingdom, along with building a new design and development center, within the next few years, and this concept represents that start of that push.

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