Volkswagen has taken the veils off the new SMV Concept, a huge, seven-seat SUV developed through the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. It measures over 5.1 metres long and boasts a lengthy wheelbase that’s close to three metres long, allowing ample space for rear occupants.

According to VW design chief Klaus Bischoff, the SMV Concept will be a true flagship for the JV company, and it’s “the most prestigious car in the history of FAV-VW Volkswagen.” At that size, it’s obviously longer than the Atlas (Teramont in China), which measures 5,037 mm in length, 1,979 mm wide and 1,768 mm tall.

There’s not much to go about the concept, but it’s safe to assume that the SUV will ride on the MQB platform, one that also underpins the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport Concept. The platform enables a wide range of engines to choose from, so expect nothing less than a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol to be fitted here. Reports suggest that the SMV will also be available with the China-exclusive EA390 2.5 litre turbocharged VR6 engine, making 299 PS and 499 Nm of torque.

In some markets, the Atlas can be had with a 3.6 litre VR6 petrol that makes 280 PS, though this may be an unlikely choice considering the tax levied on big bore engines in China. The automaker’s 4Motion all-wheel drive should be available as well, along with a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.

As for design, there’s little about this concept that would look out of place on the production model. The front fascia is familiar, much like the smaller SUV Coupe Concept, except the SMV Concept’s headlights are surrounded with LED DRLs that meet with the twin chrome bars on the radiator grille.

Over to the back, the SUV looks more regal with a long, continuous LED tail lights, and this is topped off with an LED-backlit badge. The latter might not make it to production, though. Other key visual features include twin trapezoidal exhaust exits, blacked-out rear spoiler, illuminated door handles, and roof rails.

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