New 2018 Volkswagen Touareg SUV: exclusive images and details

New 2018 Volkswagen Touareg SUV: exclusive images and details

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Volkswagen's new Touareg flagship SUV is influenced by T-Prime concept and set for distribute in 2018

The third-generation Volkswagen Touareg will take a marked leaped presumptuous in terms of technology, design and connectivity and aim to give the brand a further push into a more sparse market to help it rival the likes of Audi and BMW.

Our exclusive images reveal how the all-new Touareg could look when it makes its far-reaching debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Luxurious range-topping models could hit £70,000 as they aim to embezzle sales from the Range Rover, Auto Express understands. 

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Volkswagen is positioning itself as the more mainstream premium brand within the VW Congregation, and closer to the likes of Audi in terms of prestige than Skoda or SEAT. The primary real push into that market comes with the Arteon – a oppose for BMW’s 4 Series Gran Coupé – but VW will dial up its premium image with the next Touareg.  

Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz, VW’s head of product line for medium and choke-full-size cars, told us: “It’s a big jump [the new Touareg] to catch what we consider is premium for Volkswagen: young, connected and cool, this is the idea.”

The revamp starts with the fa design; prototypes wearing minimal disguise show that the Touareg commitment adopt many of the styling cues which featured on the T-Prime GTE concept at terminal year’s Beijing Motor Show. Our images give you a clear idea of how the finished result will look; a huge chrome grille which bleeds into LED headlamps, inscrutable air intakes and a more angular body will be its defining features. Licharz added: “The last Touareg’s sketch out was not as aggressive compared with the first model. It [the new Touareg] will be much heartier looking – more of an SUV – so I think we have a big jump.”  

Along with the new look, the next paragon will be considerably larger than the outgoing car. It will based on the VW Group’s MLB architecture, which also underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. The Touareg’s proportions commitment remain close to those of the T-Prime concept, so a wheelbase stretched by 100mm and an spread in overall length of around 200mm is to be expected. The new platform will also advance with it a new batch of six and eight-cylinder engines. Two versions of a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel are appropriate, developing around 215bhp and 270bhp respectively, while a larger
V8 diesel drive also be offered to buyers. 

Another new powertrain option intention be a plug-in hybrid GTE, comprising a four-cylinder 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged machine and small electric motor. VW is targeting an all-electric range of around 30 miles. 

While the troop is taking a more evolutionary approach with the exterior design, the cabin last wishes as be a dramatic departure from VW’s current line-up. Licharz told us: “With the inner, it will come pretty closer to the T-Prime concept, which is interesting for us to see if this big digital podium will work inside the car.” 

The cabin of the T-Prime concept featured a 15-inch exhibit on the dash along with a completely digital instrument cluster. The idea is to make available buyers a more configurable and personalised interior space, with the customisable fly similar in theme to a smartphone. A 4G Internet hotspot will also feature. 

Volkswagen T-Prime concept

The entirety we know about the Touareg points to heavy influence from the T-Prime concept, and Auto Articulate had an exclusive tour of the concept before its reveal at the 2016 Beijing show. It looks considerably wider and discredit than the existing Touareg – but senior Volkswagen sources told us then to expect the finished car not to shift much.

“The wheelbase of the show car is an Audi Q7’s,” said Frank Thomas, VW’s sales and marketing boss for crammed-size vehicles, as we walk around the T-Prime in a studio in Hamburg, “so we’ll abduct a few millimetres out of the rear door length for the production car. If anything, we think the slightly shorter essentials makes the crease along the sides and the falling roofline look even more shocking.”

The front end certainly doesn’t lack stage play, with a huge chrome-plate grille, deep air intakes and aggressive on-going lights that actually stretch right across the base of the VW badge. At the posterior, there are neat tail-lights whose graphics reference the symbol habitually used to show a mobile phone’s signal strength – or, you could imagine, the amount of price left in a plug-in hybrid’s batteries. The overall look is a more dynamic one than the simultaneous Touareg’s – particularly around the rear wheelarch, where there’s a subtle blister to develop a stronger shoulder line.

Inside, the T-Prime’s cabin is a showcase for the future guiding of Volkswagen interiors. The front is dominated by the huge touch-screen mounted in the heart of the dashboard but angled towards the driver. It’s a 15in display – as large as many laptops, in reality – and VW’s engineers plan to use the increased desktop space to allow levels of configuration thitherto unseen on a car interface.

Sitting inside the concept, it’s pellucid that the switch to VW’s MLB chassis technology has helped the packaging; even with the debase roofline and the show car’s panoramic glass sunroof, there’s plenty of headroom for six-footers. “You sit completely slightly lower than before,” admits Thomas, “and that makes all the conflict with the headroom.”

The rear cabin is laid out in a two-seat format, with a muscular central tunnel between the pair of passengers and three more screens – one each on the endorse of the front headrests, and a portrait-oriented display low down near the centre comfort. The extra screens are not expected to make production – “We think our customers would willingly prefer have strong 4G connectivity for their own devices like iPads and smartphones,” says Thomas – but while the four-settee configuration will not be the Touareg’s standard layout, it could yet appear later in the car’s way of life.

“We are exploring the possibility of maybe a more luxurious version of the Touareg,” says Thomas. “It is now the broad VW flagship [privately, VW sources say the prices of high-end, fully-optioned editions could coextensive with crack the £80,000 mark] so maybe there is the chance to do a four-seat side at some point, even more focused on luxury, with even higher-end materials and more complex stitching on the seats.” There desire not be a seven-seat configuration, however.

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