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The third gen­er­a­tion Volk­swa­gen Touareg lux­ury SUV is now avail­able in South Africa with the lo­cal range com­pris­ing two diesel de­riv­a­tives (for now). Both the Lux­ury and Ex­ec­u­tive vari­ants of the flag­ship SUV from Wolfs­burg are pow­ered by the fa­mil­iar 3,0-litre TDI V6 char­ac­ter­is­tic of the VW Group, tuned to de­liver 190 kw and 600 Nm (up from 180 kw and 550 Nm of its fore­bear), cou­pled to a 4Matic sys­tem de­liv­er­ing power to all four wheels. The new seven-seat Touareg is based on the MLB Evo plat­form al­ready un­der­pin­ning the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Bent­ley Ben­tayga, and Lam­borgh­ini Urus. This, ac­cord­ing to VW, al­lows the new model to weigh a con­sid­er­able 106 kg less than its pre­de­ces­sor. The Touareg now mea­sures 4,878 mm long; some

77 mm longer than the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion model. It is also 44 mm wider, and its roofline is seven mil­lime­tre lower at 1,702 mm. With the thirdrow rear seats in place, VW claims a lug­gage ca­pac­ity of 810 litres – 113 litres more than be­fore. Var­i­ous op­tions are of­fered lo­cally, in­clud­ing air sus­pen­sion, the fully dig­i­tal “In­no­vi­sion Cock­pit” (com­pris­ing a 12-inch in­stru­ment clus­ter and a 15-inch cen­trally mounted dis­play), an up­rated sound sys­tem, four-wheel steer­ing (with the air sus­pen­sion), var­i­ous safety fea­tures (in­clud­ing a head-up dis­play and night vi­sion) and an

R-line pack­age – the lat­ter is stan­dard on the Ex­ec­u­tive model, along with Ma­trix LED head­lamps. The Lux­ury model starts at R999,800 with­out op­tions, while the Ex­ec­u­tive is of­fered at R1,088,200. This in­cludes a five-year/100,000 km main­te­nance plan in ad­di­tion to the three­year/120,000 km war­ranty as stan­dard.

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