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Volkswagen unveils its largest-ever SUV at Auto Shanghai

Volkswagen has unveiled six new cars at the Shanghai Auto Show, three of them world premieres, including the Talagon, the company’s largest SUV yet, and which likely won’t be coming over here.

The company also unveiled the ID.6 and ID.6 Crozz, two versions of a three-row, all-electric sport-utility that might come to North America, but for now will only be offered in China.

In addition, Volkswagen showed two refreshed versions of the Teramont and Teramont X, better known as the Atlas over here; and all-new Golf GTI.

The all-new Talagon is built on the company’s MQB platform — up until now, the Atlas was the largest vehicle based on that chassis. Even so, the Talagon isn’t that much bigger than the Atlas, at only 55 millimetres (about two inches) longer, and 15 mm taller, which is possibly one reason why it isn’t planned for North America.

But Volkswagen said it “opens up a new segment,” being a “perfect fusion” of an SUV and an MPV — what the rest of the world commonly calls a “minivan.”

It can seat six or seven people, and it’s the interior that really stands out. It includes sculpted door panels, digital instrument cluster, wedge-shaped infotainment screen panel, accent lighting, and most notably, a floating console for the shifter and other controls. There’s also a panoramic sunroof, and quilted-leather second- and third-row seats that are just begging you to sit in them.

The company said the Talagon will offer “different powertrains,” but the top-of-the-line trim will use a 2.5L V6 with dual-clutch automatic and 4Motion all-wheel-drive, “making the Talagon ideal for both city and off-road driving.”

The new electric models introduced in Shanghai are part of the company’s plan to introduce a new electrified vehicle each year until 2026. It has a target of 70 per cent of cars sold in Europe, and 50 per cent sold in North America and China, being electric by 2030. However, Volkswagen also said that even as China’s alternative-fuel market grows over the next decade, internal-combustion engines “will still remain a preferred choice for our customers.”

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