Order books open for new Volkswagen Touareg
Following its reveal in Beijing earlier this year, order books are now open for the third generation of Volkswagen’s new flagship SUV.
Redesigned with new technology, road-focused styling and a revamped interior, the all-new Volkswagen Touareg heads the brand’s youthful product line-up as a paragon of technology, fine design, comfort and driving excellence.
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With a firm eye on the premium segment, the Touareg caps off Volkswagen’s SUV assault and sits as king of the mountain above the T-Roc and Tiguan.
Debuting with efficient and potent V6 turbocharged engines, the Touareg comes with an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
In the UK, the car will initially be offered with a 286 PS 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel unit which generates its punchy torque peak of 600 Nm from only 2,250 rpm and offers 42.8 mpg. From the autumn, a 231 PS version of the same engine will be available while a 340 PS 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine will be available to order in the UK in late 2018.
In addition a plug-in hybrid drive with a system power of 367 PS is first planned for introduction in China. The exact launch date of the Touareg with plug-in hybrid drive in Europe has yet to be set.
All of these engine options are powered through an eight-speed automatic gearbox with standard all-wheel drive. Capable of hauling braked trailer weights of up to 3.5 tonnes, the new car also boasts the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s handy Trailer Assist technology to facilitate simple slow-speed manoeuvring.
Even more impressive, the Touareg can now tow up to 3.5 tonnes and park itself while hauling a trailer. Other impressive tech features include automatic distance and lane keeping assist, and the ability to see around corners.
On the inside, Volkswagen is offering a new digital dashboard dubbed the Innovision Cockpit. Instead of traditional analogue instruments it features a 12in screen that shows all the usual driving information and works in tandem with the 15in infotainment screen which is angled towards the driver.
The Innovision Cockpit is the control centre of a new era – an interactive interface in which the information and settings of all essential comfort, assist and infotainment systems converge in one simple-to-use matrix. There's also an optional head-up display which projects information into the driver's field of vision.
Built on the same platform as the Audi Q7 and the new Porsche Cayenne, the Touareg is offered here in three comprehensively specified trims: SEL (£51,595), R-Line (£55,095) and new R-Line Tech (£58,195).
Alison Jones, director of Volkswagen UK, said: “The new Touareg signals yet another important development in Volkswagen’s growing SUV line-up.
“Our suite of new models, headed by Touareg, arrives on the market as SUV sales continue to accelerate in the UK and I’m confident our new flagship model will make a big impact here.”