Next Volkswagen Touareg confirmed for 2017 reveal

2017 Volkswagen Touareg

Latest version of Volkswagen’s large SUV targets the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90; it gets a more luxurious interior and an evolved design

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg will be revealed later this year before production begins in November, the brand’s boss Herbert Diess has confirmed.

His comments, made at the reveal of the T-Roc today, come in the weeks that follow sightings of a Touareg test test car in Germany.

The model was largely covered, although it did have a light disguise over some of its details. It shows that the next-generation SUV will get a design influenced by its smaller sibling, the Tiguan, as well as the larger, US-focused Atlas.

The Touareg’s headlights are sharper and more angular than before, while the tail-lights, which are hidden by fake light covers, are also slimmer.

Earlier sightings also suggest that the next Touareg’s interior will also be more premium than before, with higher-quality materials and a larger infotainment screen. This is intended to help it remain strong in the battle with the upcoming 2BMW X5 and the Volvo XC90.

Powertrains for the Touareg will include a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which will likely be related to the one that was used in last year’s Beijing motor show concept. That produced 381bhp and 516lb ft of torque, and could drive in full-electric mode for up to 50 miles. In its most economical mode, the concept was also said to be capable of more than 94mpg combined.

Below the hybrid drivetrain, more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder diesel and petrol units are likely to form the bulk of the Touareg’s engine line-up.

As is the case with the current car, all models will come with four-wheel drive as standard.

Pricing is likely to stay close to that of the current car, so expect an entry-level figure of around £45,000. No official debut date has been released, but sources predict the new Touareg to be revealed this autumn, with first customer deliveries due at the start of 2018.

Source: Autocar Online

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