Volkswagen has introduced the new Viloran at the 2019 Auto Guangzhou, which is set to be sold in China in the first half of next year, with a rumoured price starting from 300,000 yuan (RM178,058). Billed as a “first large-scale domestic luxury commercial MPV,” the Viloran will be sold via SAIC Volkswagen, a joint venture between the Volkswagen Group and SAIC Motor.

Official details about the MPV are rather limited at the moment, but it is confirmed that the Viloran will measure around 5.3 metres long, making it even longer than the seven-seat Atlas SUV and SMV Concept that spans 5.1 metres.

Reports indicate the Viloran rides on the company’s MQB platform, which is used for many other models in the Volkswagen Group, including the Arteon, Golf and Lavida. Power is said to come from an EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 220 PS (217 hp) and 350 Nm on the Viloran 380 TSI variant, with a seven-speed DSG.

Design-wise, the Viloran sports a large front grille that intertwines neatly with the headlamps, accompanied by plenty of chrome trimmings. The lower apron also gets decorative “blades,” with the lowest most piece stretching the width of the vehicle’s face.

Along the sides, the detailing on the wheel arches give the MPV a bit of a crossover look, and there’s a prominent line that stretches from the side scuttles, through the door handles, and over the rails from the sliding doors. At the rear, the taillights are shaped in a similar fashion to those on the latest Golf, and are linked by a chrome line with the Volkswagen logo in the middle, just above the model script.

While there are no shots of the model’s dashboard just yet, it’s clear the second row is the place to be in the Viloran. The two captain’s chairs feature electric footrests and double headrests, with access to them provided via dual-sided automatic sliding doors. Volkswagen says the MPV adopts a 2-2-3 seating layout, and will be offered with a Royal Hall-level Dynaudio audio system.