Second-generation Volkswagen Touareg is being sent to well earned retirement as the German manufacturer is testing a redesigned model. We had plenty of opportunities to spot a third-generation Touareg on the roads in the first half of 2016. Pictures in this article are another occurrence like that. We are pretty certain that new Touareg will be made available at some point in 2017 and go on sale in U.S. car dealerships for the 2018 model year. The third-gen Touareg will receive a major transformation inside and out. Also on table is a refreshed engine lineup, with both gas and diesel models set to get updates. The biggest news is undoubtedly the brand-new MLB platform, which will make the SUV lighter than its predecessor and enable much better interior packaging and more baggage space. Concealed under heavy camouflage, the SUV shows very few details to show us at this moment, but we are able to speculate on exactly what it might feature. Continue reading to learn more and stay tuned for updates. 2018 Volkswagen Touareg
Although the doors, the side skirts, and the roofing are camo-free, both the front and rear fascias are covered by thick wrap. Sadly, that’s were the most essential information are, design-wise, which leaves us with the same-old “let’s play the guessing game” option.
The very first thing we can be sure of is that the Touareg will keep its existing proportions. Most cars grow in size when new generation is introduced, but changes were probably kept to a minimum in this case. Logic behind this is that the German manufacturer is already working on a bigger, seven-seat SUV, and previous spy shots indicate that the new hauler is not a lot larger than the Touareg. Making these 2 SUVs too similar in regards to shape and size would not make much sense, so it’s safe to presume that the third-gen Touareg will be 4.8 meters (189 inches) long and 1.9 meters (75 inches) wide.
As far as style goes, there is nothing to see behind all the camouflage, but we assume that the new SUV will draw a lot of design language from the T-Prime Concept revealed at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. Expect a larger-than-ever front grille flanked by thin headlamps, C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a sporty bumper style. The rear of the vehicle will likewise include slim taillights installed high up on the fascia, a huge recess on the lower area of the tailgate, and a lot of chrome on the rear bumper and plate. The side panels will stay familiar, however Volkswagen will most likely utilize beefier wheel arches and a more pronounced beltline.
Interior 2018 Volkswagen Touareg
We expect that the third-gen Touareg will also borrow heavily from the T-Prime Concept on the interior design. Expect a similar large touchscreen featured in the center of the dashboard. Well, perhaps it will not be as large as the concept’s 15-inch system, however it will be close. The control panel, instrument cluster, and door panels will receive a more modern, high-tech makeover.
The new MLB platform should also help with the packaging. Regardless of the lower roof, headroom will increase thanks to the somewhat lower seating position. Legroom and shoulder space will likewise be improved, particularly in the rear compartment. Expect that the third-gen Touareg will include more storage room inside the cabin, along with a bit larger trunk space.
As you would expect, new 2018 Volkswagen Touareg will get a gas and diesel motor lineup in most markets. In the United States, it will go on sale with a brand-new 3.0-liter V-6, in addition to a hybrid design matching the very same powerplant with an electrical motor. In Europe, there will likewise be a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel. The third-gen will most likely get its very first 2.0-liter four-cylinder variant. These will be used primarily in China and Europe, but perhaps one version might be offered in the States as well.
At the moment of this writing we do not know any output figures, but we can safely presume that the V-6 systems will churn more power than the current engines. The 3.0-liter TSI will crank out in excess of 300 hp, while the hybrid might provide a minimum of 400 hp combined. In case of diesel engines, the least powerful model should produce a minimum of 220 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque on tap.
Wheelbase: 109.9 in
Length: 185.2 in
Width: 72.4 in Height: 65.0 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 3650-3850 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 7.5-7.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 21.5-22.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.8-16.0 sec
Top speed: 120 mph
Displacement: 121 cu in, 1984 cc
Power: 184 hp @ 4400 rpm
Torque: 221 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Specifications according to – caranddriver
2018 Volkswagen Touareg Release date and Price
The brand-new platform, upgraded body, brand-new tech, and new engines will be reflected in the SUV’s price tag, so we expect prices to be slightly increased in all markets. VW’s new 2018-model-year crossover should be on sale in time for summer vacations. In the United States, the third-gen Touareg will most likely retail from around $51,000, up from the current starting price of $49,705. In Germany, the price is most likely to increase from the existing €53,700 to around €55,000.
Competition: Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Chevy Equinox
According to topspeed