Volkswagen took centre stage at the Geneva Motor Show when it revealed no fewer than four world firsts focusing on e-mobility and performance to an expectant automotive audience. The brand used Europe’s leading car expo to unveil the ID. BUGGY, the latest generation of the Passat, the T-Roc R near-production performance concept car and a Touareg V8 TDI.
The ID. BUGGY demonstrates the flexibility of the brand’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) electric car platform by bringing to life its fully electric concept car modern interpretation of the popular US dune buggy of the 1960s and 1970s.
At that time, the Beetle chassis served as the basis of those fun vehicles and today the MEB demonstrates similar traits as Volkswagen underscores the platform’s potential.
The latest generation of the Passat was revealed to be more comfortable, more digital, and more technologically sophisticated than ever before. The car incorporates the latest brand innovations such as the Travel Assist feature, making its world premiere in the Passat. It will be the first Volkswagen with this assist system that can travel – partially automated – at up to 130mph.
Another new feature is capacitive steering wheel that detects touch by the driver, providing an interactive interface to systems such as Travel Assist. The 30 millionth Passat will leave the assembly line this spring. This makes it the most successful mid-size model worldwide.
The T-Roc R concept car is a new sporty range-topping model for its funky crossover. Developed by Volkswagen R, this powerful vehicle boasts impressive performance. The four-cylinder 2.0-litre TSI engine has an output of 300PS and torque of 400Nm, which can be used to accelerate the T-Roc R from 0 to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
The Touraeg was not to be outdone by its new stablemates, and came to the Geneva party with a new V8 TDI engine under the bonnet. The 421PS turbodiesel powerplant produces a maximum torque of 900Nm, making it the most powerful diesel SUV from any German car manufacturer. As with the product line’s V6 models, the new V8 version meets the requirements of the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard.
Four-corner air suspension comes as standard for this latest Touareg, giving perfect comfort and aerodynamic driving on rough terrain.