2019 VW Touareg: Larger, Lighter, Smarter, Agiler

The 2019 VW Touareg will be the third-generation of the mid-size SUV and VW secluded model’s premiere on March 23 at Beijing Auto Show. Debuting the new Tuareg in China shouldn’t surprise as it is the largest market for the brand. And buyers should also know that Touareg won’t go on sale in the US as the brand wants to favorize US-specialized Atlas model.

There are no mysteries about model’s design either as we saw pictures of fully undisguised prototype and we also know that model will come larger and wider but lighter at the same time. That will possible thanks to the new lightweight platform and the model will also have an upmarket interior with one of the largest digital cockpits in the segment. The model will also offer different kinds of powertrain options and promises better ride comfort.

2019 VW Touareg

2019 VW Touareg: Design, Structure

The all-new 2019 VW Touareg is coming on the new platform which makes it lighter providing also more comfortable ride. The flexible MLB platform forms the base of many models like the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, etc. In this application, it will shed about 220 pounds of model’s weight compared to the previous version. However, the new model will be in same time longer and wider with the stretch of almost 8 centimeters which most goes to longer wheelbase for enhanced interior comfort and cargo capacity.

Styling wise, the model will apply brand’s latest design language and will have a similar front end as the Arteon. The grille and headlights are joined together to one section and the model will boast the segment brightest full-LED units. It will also sit lower to the ground and have the wider stance. The profile lines will look similar to other SUVs in brand’s lineup while the rear end will get new, slimmer taillights.

Interior, Accessories:

Inside the cockpit, the new Touareg will boast more impressive changes. The strongest impression will leave what VW calls the Innovision Cockpit. In front of the driver is high-resolution 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. In the middle of the dash an impressive, landscape-oriented 15-inch touchscreen is angled toward the driver. The interior will also come with attractive accents and high-quality materials.

A significant wheelbase stretch will also provide greater passenger comfort and more cargo space. The new-gen Touareg will provide 810 liters of the cargo room compared to 697 liters in the current version.

2019 VW Touareg

2019 VW Touareg: Powertrains

Thanks to the use of the new platform, the 2019 VW Touareg will have the implementation of the rear-wheel steering and will also offer air suspension. Combined with the wider stance and more driver aids, the model will be agiler and stable on the road. It will also boast a towing capacity of 3.5 tons.

For under the hood department, VW will offer different options. We will likely get two V-6 engines initially after the launch. The gasoline V-6 will produce around 340 hp. The diesel version will boost torque to 443 pound-feet and number of horsepower will be 286. VW will combine engines with the 8-speed automatic transmission.

VW will likely offer performance version and hybridized powertrain later in the life cycle.

2019 VW Touareg: Arrival, Estimated Price

The 2019 VW Touareg will debut at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show and go on sale later in the year. The pricing should start around $30, 000.

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