Will break cover in China next month

After eight years on the market, the second-generation Touareg is being prepared for retirement. The third-gen SUV, spotted testing on public roads multiple times in the past, will make its public debut in Beijing, China, on March 23. Yes, I’m also asking myself why VW isn’t unveiling it at the Geneva Motor Show next month, but the German automaker could have more important plans in Switzerland. What’s more, the Touareg is very popular in China, the world’s biggest vehicle market. Volkswagen also released a teaser sketch of the upcoming Toureg, which looks a lot like the current Porsche Cayenne, but with a slightly boxier design. Or somewhere between the Cayenne and the Audi Q7. Big surprise, huh?

Leaving the similarities with other Volkswagen Group SUVs aside, the new Tourage adopts the design language seen on other recently unveiled models, including the hot Arteon and the U.S.-only Jetta. The big crossover is decidedly sportier, and the big vents in the front bumper and the massive grille add to its aggressive stance. The profile is equally sporty, mainly thanks to the beefed-up rear haunches and the sloping roofline. However, I’m expecting the roof to sit a bit higher on the production model. The wheels will be smaller too, so it will lose some of its performance station wagon appearance.

About the interior, VW said that it will have "one of the largest digital cockpits in its class, which opens up a new type of infotainment environment. Its connectivity makes it a driving internet node." Not much information indeed, but it’s a safe bet that the Arteon served as inspiration. Under the hood, expect the new Tourag to have a range of four-cylinder and V-6 engine. Both gasoline and diesel drivetrains will be offered, while a hybrid model will be launched at a later date.

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Press release

Volkswagen is kicking off the new automotive year with the world premiere of the new Touareg. The brand’s flagship is the next milestone in the largest model campaign by Volkswagen. Standing at the top of the model range, the Touareg shows all of the brand’s power with its expressive design, innovative technologies and dynamic handling properties. The world premiere of the top vehicle will take place in China, the world’s strongest growing SUV market and the company’s largest individual market.

Standing at the top of the Volkswagen model range, the Touareg makes the brand’s standards clear. The highly expressive design by Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design, and his team give it an unmistakable appearance that is strong in character. A phalanx of innovative assistance systems give it a maximum degree of safety and comfort. One of the largest digital cockpits in its class, the Innovision Cockpit, opens up a new type of infotainment environment. Its connectivity makes it a driving internet node. The drive train, air suspension, rear-wheel steering and roll stabilisation all ensure a safe and dynamic driving experience.

With the new Touareg, Volkswagen is continuing the success story of this model series in a third generation. Like its predecessors, it will satisfy the rigorous standards of the premium automotive class and its customers. The exclusive SUV C-segment is currently one of the fastest growing segments in global automotive markets and is expected to double its volume by the year 2023 in China, for example.

The Touareg has demonstrated its performance power and driving capabilities impressively, in around one million units, ever since the model series launched in 2002 –on-road, off-road and on rally trails around the world. Highlights include wins in the Dakar Rally events in the years
2009-2011.

Volkswagen is revealing the new Touareg and the entire range of its technical capabilities and comprehensive features for the first time in a world premiere on 23 March 2018 in Beijing.

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