It is a large seven-seat SUV that will be positioned between the locally-made Tiguan L and the imported Touareg. The Teramont will debut in November on the Guangzhou Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market soon thereafter.
Positioning. The car on the left is the Tiguan L, the China-only long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan. The L was expected for debut on last moth’s Chengdu Auto Show but didn’t show. The Teramont slots above the Tiguan L and below the Touareg.
But that is not all. A sporty five-seat variant of the Teramont will join the lineup next year. That car is the production version of the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept. It will slot between the Tiguan L and the Teramont. Volkswagen is finally taking the SUV craze more seriously, but what they really need are a bunch of small SUVs and crossovers below the Tiguan L.
The Teramont will be manufactured by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. There will be two engines available: a 186hp 2.0 turbo and a 220hp 2.0 turbo. The North American version of the Teramont will also get a 3.6 liter V6.
Size: 5039/1989/1773, and wheelbase is 2980.
Main competitors of the Teramont are cars like the Ford Edge and the Toyota Highlander. Price of the Teramont will start around 300.000 yuan and end around 450.000 yuan.
An earlier spy shot of the interior. Very Volkswagen. Solid and gray. But the screen is too small for China in 2016, even the cheapest Chinese minivans have bigger screens than this, and it doesn’t seem to be a touch screen. Not good.
Shiny strip between the lights is very nice. Pipe tips a tad too small.
The front looks impressive but also rather busy. Proper roof rails to attach the canoe to.
All in all a good looking car for a booming segment. Engines are good, although a V6 would help, but the interior is a bit of a letdown.