Volkswagen gave a world premiere in China to a near production prototype of the new Touareg SUV, their brand’s largest model. VW boasts that the new flagship takes a top position in the premium class SUV segment with its expressive design, its innovative operating, convenience and safety systems, as well as in the high quality of its materials and craftsmanship.
It also claims that the new models equipped with next generation connectivity and a pioneering fusion of assistance, comfort, lighting and infotainment systems.
The third generation Touareg should arrive in Ireland in the summer with an expected entry level price somewhere between €70,000 to €75,000.
It is the most technically advanced Volkswagen of its era according to VW, with the potential to enthuse and reach new target groups of drivers.
Volkswagen presents their new fully digitalised ‘Innovision Cockpit’ for the first time in the new Touareg. Here the digital instruments (Digital Cockpit with 12-inch display) and what they call the top ‘Discover Premium’ infotainment system (with 15-inch display) merge to form a digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit that hardly needs any conventional buttons or switches. It’s always-on, and VW claims that that it offers intuitive control and maximum personalisation. It adds that with the the Innovision Cockpit, the Touareg provides the blueprint for tomorrow’s digital interior today.
Drivers will be able to use the Innovision Cockpit to adapt the assistance, handling and comfort systems specifically to their personal tastes; so VW says that the car becomes ‘their’ Touareg.
It says that that this opens up a world in which the driver and on-board guests no longer have to adapt to the car; rather the car adapts to them. Like a new smartphone, the Volkswagen is set up and tuned to personal needs.
VW boasts claims that the Touareg is launching with the largest range of assistance, handling and comfort systems ever to be integrated into a Volkswagen. They include technologies such as the Night Vision assistance system (detects people and animals in darkness via a thermal imaging camera), and Roadwork Lane Assist (semi-automated steering and lane keeping, accelerating and braking up to 60 km/h).
Add Front Cross Traffic Assist (reacts to cross traffic in front of the Touareg), active all-wheel steering (makes the Touareg handle like a compact car), new roll stabilisation with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars, ‘IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights’ (interactive, camera-based dipped and main beam headlight control) and a ‘Windshield Head-up Display’ projected directly onto the windscreen.
VW says that the driver experiences these systems as a single unit in the new Touareg. They are simply there – interconnected via a new central control unit – working imperceptibly in the background and making travel safer, more convenient and more intuitive than ever.
Compared to its predecessor, the third generation Touareg is moderately wider and longer. VW says that the new dimensions have positive effects on both the vehicle’s proportions and its amount of interior space. The added exterior length leads, for example, to a good increase in luggage capacity, from 697 to 810 litres (with rear bench seat up).
Cargo there can be hidden from onlookers by an optional extra electrically extending and retracting luggage compartment cover.
Despite its increased length and width, the car body is 106 kg lighter because of its mixed material construction of aluminium (48 per cent) and high-tech steels (52 per cent).
In Europe, Volkswagen will initially offer two V6 diesel engines for the new 2018 Touareg with outputs of 170 kW / 231 PS and 210 kW / 286 PS. In a number of markets, this will also be followed by a V6 petrol engine (250 kW / 340 PS) and a V8 turbodiesel (310 kW / 421 PS).
A new plug-in hybrid drive (270 kW / 367 PS of system power) is being prepared for China; its exact launch date in Europe is still not decided.