Volkswagen has unveiled its new Touareg ahead of the SUV’s arrival in the UK later this year.
On the outside, it’s all change, with the German brand’s flagship 4×4 inheriting a deep, wide grille that’s reminiscent of the Arteon fastback. There’s something of the Audi Q7 about many of the lines – particularly at the rear – but then VW is pitching this as an out-and-out premium model.
Never has this been more evident than in the Touareg’s cabin. Where once there were mundane dials and switches, two high-definition screens dominate proceedings. The smaller of the two – a 12-inch display – sits in place of the traditional instruments – while the 15-inch central touchscreen replaces most of the dashboard buttons.
And that isn’t the only tech on board. Driver assistance systems feature heavily, and the Touareg even has a thermal imaging camera that picks out hazards in the dark.
VW has worked on the car’s handling, too, saying the new Touareg handles “like a compact car”. Time will tell whether that’s true, but the addition of four-wheel steering should reduce the turning circle and the electronically controlled anti-roll bars ought to prevent too much body roll in the corners.
At launch, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine will power the Touareg, offering customers a choice of two power outputs. The 228bhp version marks the entry point to Touareg ownership, with the 282bhp variant sitting higher in the range. A V6 petrol engine, a V8 diesel and a plug-in hybrid powertrain will join the line-up at a later date.