Volkswagen is almost ready to show us its new, locally-built SUV with third-row seats, although photos showing a completely undisguised version have already cropped up. A name is yet to be confirmed but “Teramont” is the rumored option.
On Wednesday the automaker released a video that confirmed sales will start in the spring of 2017 and that two powertrain options will be available at launch. The base option will be a 238-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 and above this will sit a 280-hp 3.6-liter V-6 option.
A diesel option was originally planned though has since been dropped due to the emissions scandal still plaguing the automaker. Instead, we’ll likely see a hybrid option at some point to cater to fuel-conscious buyers.
The vehicle will measure approximately 198 inches in length and feature seven seats in a spacious cabin. It will ride on a stretched version of VW’s flexible MQB platform and be priced sharply to compete with the rival Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.
Beyond the three-row SUV, VW is planning several more high-riding models as it aims to have a contender in most of the major segments. Coming up will be a redesigned Tiguan, a redesigned Touareg, a new flagship SUV previewed by the recent T-Prime Concept GTE, and two smaller SUVs previewed by the respective T-Roc and T-Cross Breeze concepts.