Touareg enthusiasts in North America are set to miss out on the new generation model as VW plans to discontinue the model in his market. The decision is meant to give the Tiguan and Atlas SUVs more breathing space in the market. However, the model will still be sold in other markets, mostly in Europe and Asia. The new, third-generation 2019 Volkswagen Touareg is underpinned by the MLB Evo platform, the same one that is used by the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. As a result, the model is longer and wider. Due to extensive use of aluminum the model is 106 kg lighter than the current version.
2019 Volkswagen Touareg Exterior
Although the new Touareg is recognizable as a Volkswagen due to its chromed front grille that is integrated with headlights Audi looks are evident than ever before. The headlights are more angular while its body panels feature more creases; the rear of the model, on the other hand, looks like the Audi Q7. The body looks more squared-off compared to the current model. There is a new character line that begins at the front fenders and runs rearwards cutting through the model’s tailgate; it makes the Touareg look wider and more muscular at the rear.
In terms of size, the Touareg is 4,878 mm long, 1,984 mm wide and 1,702 mm tall making it 77 mm, 44 mm and 7 mm longer, wider and taller respectively than the current model.
The Touareg rides on 18-inch wheels compared to the current model’s 17-inchers. Buyers can also opt for bigger wheels up to 21 inches. Buyers can also choose between 13 exterior colors.
The most stunning feature of the new model is the pairing of the digital instrument cluster with the infotainment screen to makeup what the automaker refers to as “Innovision Cockpit”. The unit features a 15-inch touch-screen display for the infotainment system at the top and a 12-inch gauge display at the bottom. Except for some knobs and switches, all controls are inputted via the screen. This design first debuted in more premium cars like the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. This is quite impressive of VW as the unit reduces the clutter of physical buttons around the infotainment screen. There is also an option for a head-up display if the screens are not good enough.
The seats of the model are wrapped in quality fabrics for lower trims and leather for higher grades. There is an option for electrically adjustable front seats with a pneumatic massage function, a first for the Touareg.
The model’s safety has been enhanced; in fact, VW claims the Touareg features the most driver-assist technologies among all VW cars. The driver-assist systems include a night-vision camera, lane keep assist, front-facing cross-traffic assist, four-wheel steering and an optional matrix LED headlights that can dip as well as reroute beams to avoid dazzling.
Due to its bigger dimensions, the model provides more space for passengers and cargo. Cargo space has increased to 810 L up from 697 L before folding the rear seats.
Engine and performance
The new 2019 Volkswagen Touareg will be powered by three diesel engines and a gasoline engine in the European market. There are reports that the Chinese market will get a hybrid drivetrain. The base diesel mill is a 3.0 L, V-6 in two states of tune. The least powerful iteration produces 228 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful iteration is good for 282 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
The sole gasoline engine available is a 3.0 L, V-6 that’s good for 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful engine is a 4.0 L, V-8 that comes good with 415 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. The engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic system and VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain will produce 365 hp and will have 36 miles electric range; however actual specifications are yet to be released but most likely the automaker will pair the gasoline engine with an electric motor whereby the gasoline engine will power one axle while the motor powers the other to make it AWD.
Price and release date
The 2019 Volkswagen Touareg was unveiled recently in Beijing; sales of the model begin later this year. Prices will not change significantly.