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Volkswagen debuts seven-seat SMV concept in Shanghai

The SMV's A-pillar extends far to the front, maximizing cabin space.

Volkswagen has debuted a new seven-seat SUV concept, known as the SMV, at the Auto Shanghai show.

Longer than the Atlas, the SMV previews an upcoming production model that will be built and sold in China. Interior space is maximized via a long wheelbase and an A-pillar that extends far to the front of the vehicle.

Buyers will have a choice between a 2.0-liter TSI engine or a larger 2.5-liter turbo V6 that delivers 295 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. Both powertrains are mated to VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

The German automaker plans to double its SUV portfolio in China over the next two years, expanding to 12 different models. The company has not mentioned any plans to bring the SMV to US showrooms, however.

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