2018 Volkswagen Touareg styling revealed ahead of official debut

Next Volkswagen Touareg styling revealed ahead of official debut

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

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg has been spotted completely undisguised during shooting promotional material, ahead of a mooted reveal early next year.

Full styling, front and rear, of the large SUV is shown in the latest shots, which show the car in two different specs, with two different colour choices. The SUV appears to have grown in length from the current car, with a sloping roofline and clear inspiration drawn from the Arteon, horizontal chrome detailing across the front tying the two designs together.

A previously spotted 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 were hidden by fake light covers but are now visible, are also far slimmer than before.

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 BMW X5 and the Volvo XC90. The car’s look marks the push upmarket of Volkswagen’s larger cars, the Arteon in particular

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. Volkswagen remains tight-lipped on engine options ahead of the car’s official unveiling, though.

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, motor show debut in early 2018 is planned. First customer deliveries are scheduled for April, so an early year reveal is likely. 

Source: Autocar Online

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