New Touareg in the Pipeline
Volkswagen’s much loved Touareg model is set to be replaced in 2017 by an all new version and has been recently spotted out on the roads in disguise ahead of it’s arrival next year. The side profile of the model bares stark resemblance to the T-Prime concept the brand unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show.
The face of the new Touareg is very bold; featuring a sizeable chrome-plate grille combined with deep air intakes and dominant looking running lights which stretch across the base of the Volkswagen badge, step around to the rear and you’ll be greeted with stylish tail lights and an overall dynamic finish. The new model has also been made to look much more boisterous than the current model by tweaks to things like the wheel arches which give an overall stronger shoulder line.
The new Volkswagen SUV will be offered with the 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in some countries and that same powertrain will be paired with an electric motor to allow for a GTE version which will be able to refill its battery reserves using more of the combustion engine’s capacity or even travel small mileages on electric power solely, hopefully around 30 miles!
The T-Prime concept is the showcase for future Volkswagen interiors and gives us an insight into the German giants direction. The centre of the cabin is governed by a huge 15” touch-screen which is angled towards the driver and VW expect to use the extra space to added an extra level of configuration that hasn’t been seen on cars previously.
Once inside the new Touareg’s cabin it’s obvious that the change to the MLB platform has improved the space and layout of the SUV’s interior. Both front and rear there is plenty of room for passengers over six foot despite the apparent lower roofline. The two rear seats are separated by a large central tunnel that boasts a screen whilst there are also two screens integrated into the rear of the front seats. Whether or not these screens make it into the production model is yet to be seen but the noises seem to suggest that demand will ensure they do whether that be immediately or in the near future.
The production model is expected to make its official debut early in 2017 ahead of a summer or autumn launch in the European and Asian markets.
Anticipation is growing ahead of the new Touareg’s launch so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for any developments in news or production of this stunning SUV.
Added: 02 September 2016