The next-generation Volkswagen Touareg has been unveiled in Beijing, in advance of an Australian introduction up coming year.
Pitched as “Volkswagen’s claim in the high quality class”, the new Touareg is a showcase of the brand’s newest design and style, know-how and luxury – as any flagship design ought to.
In conditions of looks, the Touareg is instantaneously recognisable as a Volkswagen, featuring a large, chromed entrance grille with built-in headlights, a style function becoming a mainstay in the company’s product range.
The total human body shape is more squared-off than the preceding version, all over again some thing rolling out throughout the company’s most recent-era designs. A popular character line operates from the entrance fenders by to the tailgate, giving the impression of a large, muscular rear.
It’s bigger than its predecessor, as well. Volkswagen says the new Touareg is larger in just about each dimension (nevertheless actual figures are not quoted in the global press launch), and baggage place has greater to 810L with the rear seats in area – up from 697L.
Furthermore, it is a important 106 kilograms lighter than the outdated product much too, many thanks to its new mixed product development utilising aluminium (48 for every cent) and substantial-tech steels (52 for each cent).
Inside of, the new Touareg is a entire world absent from the previous product. Absent are the standard dials and small infotainment program, changed by a entirely-digital instrument cluster measuring 12 inches, and an even larger central display measuring a whopping 15 inches.
Described as “the blueprint for tomorrow’s electronic inside today”, the twin-screen ‘Innovision Cockpit’ set up apes the idea to start with witnessed on various superior-conclude motor vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Variety Rover – quite schmick.
The in general cabin style is more driver-targeted in terms of the angling of the screens, though the amplified proportions add to improved passenger place, not that the previous a person was smaller however.
Volkswagen has added a raft of new guidance, convenience and managing systems to the new Touareg as effectively. For starters, there is a new Night time Eyesight system, which employs thermal cameras to detect folks and animals in the dim – a little something that 5 to 10 yrs back was only offered on the most costly of luxury autos.
Other technologies available consist of Roadwork Lane Support (semi-autonomous accelerating, braking, steering and lane preserving up to 60km/h), 4-wheel steering, roll stabilisation with electromechanically-managed anti-roll bars, LED matrix headlights, and a head-up screen.
Engine possibilities include two V6 turbo-diesels (170kW, 210kW), a V6 turbo petrol (250kW) and a V8 turbo-diesel (310kW) – all of undisclosed capacities, though we reckon the six-cylinder products are 3.-litre units, while the V8 really should be a 4.2-litre. China will also get the choice of a plug-in hybrid variant, rated at 270kW.
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it’s anticipating the new-generation Touareg to arrive regionally in the 2nd quarter of 2019.
For our sector, the V6 turbo-diesel is a confirmed certain-starter, whilst the V8 turbo-diesel significant on the wishlist but not verified at this stage. The community division is not ruling out the V6 petrol possibly.
Nonetheless, the plug-in hybrid will not be coming listed here as beforehand reported. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest Volkswagen Touareg updates.
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