Bold international debut for new Touareg
The new third generation Touareg is expected to arrive in South Africa in the third quarter of 2018 after its official unveiling in Beijing on 23 March.
It is based on the MLB Evo platform that underpins the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and the imminent Lamborghini Urus. The SA-bound Touareg is said to have lost some weight. Volkswagen says it is 106kg lighter than the outgoing model.
Although lighter, it has grown in dimensions. It is 4 878mm long - 77mm longer than its predecessor. It is also 44mm wider than before, while its roof is 7mm closer to the ground at 1 702mm.
With the rear seats in place, VW claims luggage capacity of 810 litres, which is 113 litres more than the second-generation model. The interior boasts VW’s new Innovision Cockpit, which links a centrally mounted 15” infotainment touchscreen with the brand’s familiar 12” digital instrument cluster.
In terms of engine derivatives, there is a 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel in two variations at 170kW and 210kW, and a 250kW, 3-litre V6 petrol engine.
Volkswagen says it might bring out a 4-litre V8 turbodiesel with 310kW and a plugin hybrid with 270kW.
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