Following the refreshed Tiguan, Volkswagen is gearing up to release the all-new Touareg large SUV. The brand hasn’t revealed any images of the production model so we’ve created this render to show you what the new model could look like. It’ll arrive in 2017 as an alternative to the Mercedes GLE, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 and BMW X5.
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2017 VW Touareg styling
The new car’s overall dimensions are similar to the old model. It keeps the same short overhangs, boxy profile and bluff front end but modernises those features to help the new model stand out. While VW hasn’t confirmed this, it’s thought that the T-Prime Concept launched at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2016 looks very close to the finished model.
The new model’s broad grille gives the front an imposing look that emphasises the car’s sizeable dimensions but also its butch styling. Flanking that are new headlights with the latest LED technology – these could feature optional high-beam assistance on the production model. The bonnet has sharper creases running its length more closely mirroring the latest Tiguan and Golf models.
Down the side, the old car’s slab-sided look has been broken up by new styling lines that run the new car’s not-inconsiderable length. The redesign helps the new car hide visually its sheer bulk similarly to the Audi Q7. The new car is also expected to have a longer wheelbase in relation to its overall length, promising better handling and much more cabin space than the old model.
At the back, similarly evolutionary upgrades have been made. We’re expecting new LED brakelights to be fitted with a design not completely dissimilar to those fitted to the Tiguan. These will place more emphasis on the Touareg’s width while giving it a clearly identifiable night-time signature from behind.
2017 VW Tiguan price and release date
Prices are unlikely to have changed much for the new model compared ot the outgoing one. This means entry-level cars could cost between £40,000 and £45,000 with top-spec ones coming in at a little more than £50,000. It’ll arrive on sale sometime in the latter half of 2017 following its launch in the first half.
2017 VW Tiguan latest news (updated April 2016)
Volkswagen has revealed the T-Prime SUV concept at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, giving us our first clues about what the new Touareg large SUV will look like when it goes on sale in 2017. Read on for full details and images of this chunky SUV concept.
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New VW Touareg styling
The T-Prime SUV will most probably share many styling features with the new Touareg including the distinctive front grille and C-shaped daytime running lights. The tall body sides with strong creases and uncluttered details are all features we expect to see on the production Touareg.
The recently released Tiguan is larger than the model it replaces and we expect the new Touareg to grow in a similar fashion. The fact the T-Prime concept is noticeably larger than Volkswagen’s current Touareg lends further weight to this theory.
Like many concept cars, elements of the T-Prime’s design have been exaggerated. Not only does it sport a lower-ride-height than we’d expect of an SUV, but the 22-inch alloy wheels will likely be ditched in favour of smaller ones for the production Touareg.
New VW Touareg interior
The T-Prime’s interior sports a combination of digital instrument display and large central touchscreen to control the infotainment system. These two elements stretch from the centre console, across the dashboard, to behind the steering wheel to form what Volkswagen calls the ‘curved interaction area’. Volkswagen has suggested this feature could be fitted to production models as early as 2017 but we don’t expect it to feature on the Touareg from launch.
As well as a large central screen, the driver and passenger share a 9.6-inch display between the front seats, while the rear passengers can enjoy two 10.1-inch displays mounted in the front headrests. Although this large number of displays may not feature on production Touareg models, we do expect advanced touchscreen features to control an array of on-board systems.
New VW Touareg engines and driving
The T-Prime concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid system paired with a turbocharged, 2.0-litre petrol engine. This combination delivers 370hp – enough to catapult the large SUV to 60mph from rest in just six seconds, yet is still able to return an alleged 105mpg.
Volkswagen claims the T-Prime has a 31-mile all-electric range and the batteries can be fully charged at public charging points in just two-and-a-half hours. We expect the new Touareg to also be fitted with a plug-in hybrid option, but this model will likely cost more than conventional petrol or diesel-powered models. Volkswagen’s permanent four-wheel-drive system will also feature on the new Touareg, alongside an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
New VW Touareg price and release date
No official details have been announced regarding release dates or prices for the new Touareg but we expect a production ready version to be shown towards the end of 2016, possibly at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
New VW Touareg latest news (updated April 2016)
Volkswagen is set to unveil a new large SUV concept at the Beijing Motor Show. While the German brand has yet to confirm anything, it looks highly likely that the concept will preview the replacement for the Volkswagen Touareg. The brand’s released some teaser images that give us our first glimpse at the new-look car.
The new model, according to Volkswagen, will move “luxury SUV design to a more sporty and elegant level”. A new platform, a plug-in hybrid variant and refreshed styling inside and out should help to keep the Touareg competitive with the Volvo XC90.
New VW Touareg styling
Based on the initial teaser images, we can see the new Touareg will feature much sharper styling, similar the latest VW Tiguan. At the front, narrow rectangular headlights seamlessly flow into the grille – a feature highlighted by a distinctive LED light strip that runs the full width of the front. The headlights sit above C-shaped daytime running lights mounted within the bumper, and ahead of a deeply sculpted bonnet.
The rear also features LED lighting, with brakelights that bear a resemblance to a digital audio equaliser. Elsewhere, expect bold creases in the bonnet and taut surfaces along the side to reduce the impression of the car’s bulk.
New VW Touareg interior
Volkswagen has committed to the ‘digitalisation of the automobile’ so the new model will blend the firm’s Active Info Display seamlessly with the infotainment system. The new design will allow for the vast majority of in-car functions to be controlled without the need for physical buttons. As a result, the new model’s cabin should appear less cluttered and more contemporary in appearance than the outgoing model.
New VW Touareg driving and engines
In order to both improve chassis strength and reduce weight, the next Touareg will share its platform with the latest Audi Q7. As a result, we can expect overall refinement, efficiency and safety to all improve compared to the current model.
The current car’s diesel-only lineup looks set to be carried over, albeit with a few tweaks to improve the driving experience. The existing 3.0-litre V6, available with either 201hp or 258hp, should improve on the current car’s current claimed 42.8mpg courtesy of the replacement’s expected reduction in weight.
A new plug-in hybrid variant is likely to feature, too. Producing a system output of 376hp, the new model, dubbed GTE, should be the most economical car in the range. Volkswagen is claiming official fuel consumption of 78mpg, yet the new model will still accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds. In electric-only mode, the GTE has a range of 31 miles.
New VW Touareg prices
The current Touareg costs from £43,900. With close rivals the Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90 priced similarly, we expect only a mild price increase for the replacement. The most expensive model in the range will be the hybrid which, much like the XC90 T8 plug-in, will likely be priced closer to £65,000.
New VW Touareg release date
Official dates are yet to be confirmed, but we expect the new Touareg to hit showrooms in mid-to-late 2017.
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