After it introduced the new seven-seat Atlas at the 2016 Los
Angeles Auto Show and then presented the redesigned Tiguan at
the 2017 Detroit Show, VW is now working on the
third-generation Touareg. Porotype of the redesigned Touareg
was spotted while testing with camouflaged front end and tail.
The model seems to be in the late phase of testing and VW might
bring the new Touareg to the Shanghai Auto Show this April. The
new iteration of this model will go on sale as the 2018 VW
Touareg and go against the redesigned BMW X5, Mercedes GLE and
Jeep Grand Cherokee.
New for 2018:
The next Touareg will come as the fully revamped model but VW
still hides all specifics related to model. However, based on
some reports and spy photos, we know that the new Touareg will
come on the new platform and significantly lighter. The model
will also feature refreshed look and interior and will benefit
from the updated tech and safety features. The upgraded engine
lineup will power the new model and available will be both the
gasoline and diesel units.
2018 VW Touareg: Platform, Design
The fully redesigned 2018 VW Touareg will ride on VW’s MLB Evo
platform which has already been exploited by the newest Audi Q5
and Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga. This platform will also
underpin the next Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini SUV. It will
bring improvements on many fronts for the new Touareg including
reduced weight, better performance, upgraded electrification
and driver-assist tech. Thanks to the new platform, the new-gen
Touareg should lose about 440 pounds. Some reports also suggest
that the new version will also grow in length from the current
4.8 m to nearly 5 meters while might also be slightly wider.
From the visual perspective, the Touareg should look more
dynamic and wider. It should feature crisper lines and
modernized front and rear end. The front fascia will adopt
larger grille and new thin headlights. Up front, model will
also have the C-shaped DRLs and sportier bumper.
The tail will exhibit the new taillights and more sculpted
tailgate. The profile will also get more pronounced beltline
running over the door handles and sculpted fenders.
Interior, Tech features:
Inside, the new Touareg will feature more upmarket design.
Upgraded materials and more interior space will improve the
comfort of passengers. The dash will be reworked adding the new
center stack and digital instrument panel.
On the technology front, the new SUV will get the latest
infotainment system with the massive center screen and Gesture
Control Technology. An active info display should also be
available. The safety aspect will also improve with the
surround view system, some new active safety systems and the
model might even get the semi-autonomous tech.
2018 VW Touareg: Powertrains
There is no doubt, that depending on the market the new 2018 VW
Touareg will be available with the range of petrol and diesel
engine options. The 3.0-liter V-6 engines will be available in
both petrol and diesel configurations. In the US, the model
will again come equipped with the V-6. But it is also possible
that VW would introduce the new inline-4 engine as the base
On the other hand, in the later phase of the model year, the
Touareg should also offer plug-in hybrid powertrains. According
to some sources, VW will combine a 3.0-liter V-6 TDI and
2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI with the electric motor and 8-speed
We don’t know power specifications of the new powertrains as
well as the fuel economy but the lighter structure and upgraded
engines will lead to improved performance and efficiency.
2018 VW Touareg: Arrival, Price
The new-gen 2018 VW Touareg will likely debut in next months.
It will go on sale by the end of this year. The price
should start from around $51, 000.