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2015 Volkswagen Touareg

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The current-generation Volkswagen Touareg was unveiled in 2010 and after only three years, the company is already preparing a mild refresh for the SUV. The first prototype was out testing in the heights of the European Alps, which peak at 15,774 feet in the west and 13,284 feet on the east, and as you can see, it’s wearing camouflage only at the front and the rear. This carefully placed camo means that just these parts will be updated.

We expect to see updated front and rear bumpers and a revised grille to help keep it up with the competition. Also, when launched in 2010, the Touareg offered a first in automotive headlight technology: the "glare-free high beam." This feature will be kept in the future, but it looks like the light graphic will change when the revised Touareg hits the market.

Engine lineup will also be updated to deliver more power and improved fuel consumption, while the interior will get updated infotainment systems.

Click past the jump to read more about Volkswagen Touareg.

Spy shots

Volkswagen Touareg

The prototype caught testing is wearing camouflage on the front bumper and grille, plus the headlights and air intakes, meaning of course that only this parts will be updated. You should expect a design language similar to what we have seen in the seventh-generation Golf, updated of course for a SUV model.

Volkswagen Touareg

The rear is also hiding the taillights and the bumper, making us believe that these parts will also receive updates.

History

2004 - 2010 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen launched the Touareg back in 2004 when the company wanted to offer an off-road vehicle that could handle like a sports car.

The first-generation Touareg was offered with a choice of four gasoline engines and three diesel powertrains. The most powerful version was offered with a 6.0-liter W-12 engine that delivered a total of 444 horsepower. The model received its first revision in 2007 when Volkswagen added some exterior and interior updates.

2011 - Present Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg

The second-generation Touareg was unveiled at the 2010 Beijing International Auto Show. Themodel was offered with a first in automotive headlight technology: the "glare-free high beam."

The model offers a choice of four gasoline and four diesel powertrains. For the first time, Touareg has an optional a hybrid powertrain that combines a high-voltage electric motor with a direct-injected, supercharged TSI V-6 cranking out 333 horsepower and an 8 speed automatic transmission.

Competitors

Audi Q7

Audi Q7

By the time the revised Touareg hits the market, Audi will also have its new Q7 in showrooms. Rumors suggest the model will be about be about 650 pounds lighter than the current generation and will adopt smaller engines, including the possibility of hybrid version. Expect to see the new Q7 launched by the end of 2013.

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne

Just like with the Touareg, the Cayenne is set to receive a revision. Updates will include a revised front bumper and headlamps up front. On the rear, new slimmer-looking rear lights and a redesigned bumper round out the revisions.

Under the hood, Porsche will most likely keep the current 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a 4.8-liter V-8 biturbo engine, but will work on improving the output level.



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