After a mid-life refresh, our spies have caught the new and improved Volkswagen Touareg being tested. From the luxury Range Rover to the budget Hyundai Santa Fe, the current vehicle’s competition has been fierce since its 2018 introduction.
As these images reveal, though, Touareg’s external appearance hasn’t changed much from the present model. Volkswagen’s newest logo will be placed on the updated grille up front. Even while the upper grille and headlights appear to be the same, the bottom grille has been redesigned to include wider side air intakes.
This prototype still sports the older generation’s 20-inch wheels on its sides, but we anticipate a new wheel style to debut with the revised model. When compared to the previous generation, this test Touareg’s rear is virtually identical, with only minor changes made to the taillights and bumper. Even the “Touareg” typeface is still there, but with narrower margins than it does now.
Similar to other VW Group premium SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, and Lamborghini Urus, the new Touareg will use the MLB Evo platform. This means that the current array of powertrains, including a 3.0-liter V6 petrol with 335 hp and another combined with a plug-in hybrid system delivering a total of 456 hp, is likely to remain unchanged. Two 3.0L V6 diesels, one with 228 hp and the other with 282 hp, are also expected to be available. Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive technology will be coupled to both engines.
It’s unlikely that Volkswagen will alter the Touareg’s “Innovision Cockpit,” which features a 15-inch display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. There will once again be a Wi-Fi hotspot in addition to the previously-available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The base price of the current generation Touareg is £47,605, thus the base price of the updated model, when it debuts next year, will likely approach £50,000.