Volkswagen reveals high-tech Touareg ahead of summer launch

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.

Volkswagen Touareg 2019 Blue Interior

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.

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