All-new Volkswagen Touareg revealed
Redesigned with new technology, road-focused styling and a revamped interior, the all-new Volkswagen Touareg has been revealed in Beijing.
With a firm eye on the premium segment, the Touareg caps off Volkswagen’s SUV assault and sits as king of the mountain above the T-Roc and Tiguan.
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The Touareg is expected to launch in the UK this summer with a 3.0 V6 diesel engine with 282bhp. A second 3.0 V6 diesel offering 228bhp will follow in the autumn along with a 3.0 V6 petrol with 335bhp.
A plug-in hybrid variant will initially go on sale in China only, and will produce 362bhp from its petrol engine and electric motor. Alas, no date has been set for this to be introduced in Europe.
All of these engine options are powered through an eight-speed automatic gearbox with standard all-wheel drive..
Built on the same platform as the Audi Q7 and the new Porsche Cayenne, the Touareg is wider and longer yet more than 100kg lighter than the outgoing model. With the rear seats up, the boot has a capacity of 810 litres which is 113 more than the previous model.
Even more impressive, the Touareg can now tow up to 3.5 tonnes and park itself while hauling a trailer. Other impressive tech features include automatic distance and lane keeping assist, and the ability to see around corners.
On the inside, Volkswagen is offering a new digital dashboard dubbed the Innovision Cockpit. Instead of traditional analogue instruments it features a 12.0-inch screen that shows all the usual driving information and works in tandem with the 15.0-inch infotainment screen which is angled towards the driver.
There's also an optional head-up display which projects information into the driver's field of vision.
Three trim levels will be offered: Atmosphere, Elegance, and the sporty R-Line.
No pricing has been announced, but more details regarding UK specifications and prices are expected in a few months.