Volkswagen has teased the upcoming third-generation Touareg, whereas confirming that the agency’s subsequent flagship SUV will probably be revealed in full on 23 March.
Very similar to the teaser marketing campaign for the Arteon four-door coupe, our first official glimpse on the subsequent Touareg is a design sketch revealing the automobile’s aspect profile in full. The teaser picture confirms that the manufacturing mannequin will not transfer too distant from the T-Prime idea revealed on the Beijing Motor Present, whereas new Volkswagen flagship design cues equivalent to the complete dimension grille extending into the headlights are current and accounted for. The Chinese language SUV market is large, and Volkwagen has determined to return to Beijing with the manufacturing mannequin – the occasion on 23 March will happen within the Chinese language capital.
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Our unique photos take issues a step additional than the sketch, previewing how the brand new Touareg might look when the wraps come utterly off.
The third-generation Touareg will take a marked leaped ahead by way of expertise, design and connectivity and purpose to offer the model an extra push right into a extra premium market to assist it rival the likes of Audi and BMW. Luxurious range-topping fashions might hit £70,000 as they purpose to steal gross sales from the Vary Rover, Auto Categorical understands.
Volkswagen is positioning itself because the extra mainstream premium model inside the VW Group, and nearer to the likes of Audi by way of status than Skoda or SEAT. The primary actual push into that market comes with the Arteon – a rival for BMW’s four Collection Gran Coupé – however VW will dial up its premium picture with the following Touareg.
Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz, VW’s head of product line for medium and full-size vehicles, advised us final 12 months: “It’s an enormous leap [the new Touareg] to catch what we expect is premium for Volkswagen: younger, related and funky, that is the thought.”
The revamp begins with the outside design; prototypes carrying minimal disguise present that the Touareg will undertake lots of the styling cues which featured on the T-Prime GTE idea finally 12 months’s Beijing Motor Present. Our photos provide you with a transparent thought of how the completed product will look; an enormous chrome grille which bleeds into LED headlamps, deep air intakes and a extra angular physique will probably be its defining options. Licharz added: “The final Touareg’s design was not as aggressive in contrast with the primary mannequin. It [the new Touareg] will probably be a lot better trying – extra of an SUV – so I feel now we have an enormous leap.”
Together with the brand new look, the following mannequin will probably be significantly bigger than the outgoing automobile. It would based mostly on the VW Group’s MLB structure, which additionally underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. The Touareg’s proportions will stay near these of the T-Prime idea, so a wheelbase stretched by 100mm and a rise in total size of round 200mm is to be anticipated. The brand new platform will even deliver with it a brand new batch of six and eight-cylinder engines. Two variations of a brand new three.Zero-litre V6 diesel are seemingly, growing round 215bhp and 270bhp respectively, whereas a bigger V8 diesel will even be supplied to consumers.
One other new powertrain choice will probably be a plug-in hybrid GTE, comprising a four-cylinder 2.Zero-litre TFSI turbocharged engine and small electrical motor. VW is concentrating on an all-electric vary of round 30 miles.
Whereas the corporate is taking a extra evolutionary method with the outside design, the cabin will probably be a dramatic departure from VW’s present line-up. Licharz advised us: “With the inside, it would come fairly nearer to the T-Prime idea, which is attention-grabbing for us to see if this massive digital platform will work contained in the automobile.”
The cabin of the T-Prime idea featured a 15-inch show on the sprint together with a very digital instrument cluster, which is more likely to make manufacturing. The thought is to supply consumers a extra configurable and personalised inside area, with the customisable sprint comparable in theme to a smartphone. A 4G Web hotspot will even function.
Volkswagen T-Prime idea
Every thing we all know in regards to the Touareg factors to heavy affect from the T-Prime idea, and Auto Categorical had an unique tour of the idea earlier than its reveal on the 2016 Beijing present. It appears significantly wider and decrease than the prevailing Touareg – however senior Volkswagen sources advised us then to count on the completed automobile to not change a lot.
“The wheelbase of the present automobile is an Audi Q7’s,” mentioned Frank Thomas, VW’s gross sales and advertising boss for full-size autos, as we stroll across the T-Prime in a studio in Hamburg, “so we’ll take a couple of millimetres out of the rear door size for the manufacturing automobile. If something, we expect the marginally shorter physique makes the crease alongside the edges and the falling roofline look much more dramatic.”
The entrance finish definitely doesn’t lack drama, with an enormous chrome-plate grille, deep air intakes and aggressive operating lights that really stretch proper throughout the bottom of the VW badge. On the rear, there are neat tail-lights whose graphics reference the image usually used to indicate a cell phone’s sign energy – or, you would think about, the quantity of cost left in a plug-in hybrid’s batteries. The general look is a extra dynamic one than the present Touareg’s – significantly across the rear wheelarch, the place there’s a delicate blister to create a stronger shoulder line.
Inside, the T-Prime’s cabin is a showcase for the longer term course of Volkswagen interiors. The entrance is dominated by the massive touch-screen mounted within the centre of the dashboard however angled in the direction of the driving force. It’s a 15in show – as giant as many laptops, the truth is – and VW’s engineers plan to make use of the elevated desktop area to permit ranges of configuration beforehand unseen on a automobile interface.
Sitting contained in the idea, it’s clear that the change to VW’s MLB chassis expertise has helped the packaging; even with the decrease roofline and the present automobile’s panoramic glass sunroof, there’s loads of headroom for six-footers. “You sit very barely decrease than earlier than,” admits Thomas, “and that makes all of the distinction with the headroom.”
The rear cabin is specified by a two-seat format, with a big central tunnel between the pair of passengers and three extra screens – one every on the again of the entrance headrests, and a portrait-oriented show low down close to the centre console. The additional screens usually are not anticipated to make manufacturing – “We predict our clients would reasonably have sturdy 4G connectivity for their very own units like iPads and smartphones,” says Thomas – however whereas the four-seat configuration won’t be the Touareg’s normal format, it might but seem later within the automobile’s life.
“We’re exploring the opportunity of possibly a extra luxurious model of the Touareg,” says Thomas. “It’s now the worldwide VW flagship [privately, VW sources say the prices of high-end, fully-optioned editions could even crack the £80,000 mark] so possibly there may be the possibility to do a four-seat model sooner or later, much more centered on luxurious, with even higher-end supplies and extra advanced stitching on the seats.” There won’t be a seven-seat configuration, nonetheless.
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