26 Mar 18

Bigger, lighter, smarter, better: the new Touareg

VW has revealed the third generation of its flagship SUV - not in Europe, but in China, much to the dislike of its home crowd, but probably with good reason. The third generation Touareg shares its underpinnings with the Audi Q7, which is why it is wider and longer than before. The new dimensions have positive effects on both the vehicle's proportions and its interior space. The boot capacity increases from 697 to 810 litres, no less. Despite its increased length and width, the car body is 106 kg lighter because of its mixed material construction of aluminium and high-tech steels.

Customisable space ship

Equipped with the connectivity of a new era and an innovating suite of assistance, comfort, lighting and infotainment systems, the Touareg is the most technically advanced Volkswagen of its era. The Innovsion Cockpit is the crème de la crème of fully digitalised human-machine interfaces. The 12" digital instrument cluster merges with the 15" central display to form a digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit that hardly needs any conventional buttons or switches.

The Innovision Cockpit allows you to adapt the assistance, handling and comfort systems specifically to your taste. Like a new smartphone, the Volkswagen Touareg is set up and tuned to personal needs. This is made possible by a the high-level connected systems and programmes, which can be controlled via digital interfaces and the multifunction steering wheel.

Safer and cleaner, but no hybrid

The Touareg is equipped with the largest range of assistance, handling and comfort systems ever to be integrated into a Volkswagen. They include technologies such as a thermal imaging camera that detects people and animals in darkness, Roadwork Lane Assist (semi-automated steering and lane keeping, accelerating and braking up to 60 km/h), Front Cross Traffic Assist (reacts to cross traffic in front of the car), roll stabilisation with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars and adaptive LED matrix headlights.

Rather remarkably, Volkswagen initially offers a choice of two V6 diesel engines with outputs of 170 kW / 231 PS and 210 kW / 286 PS. In a number of markets, a V6 petrol engine (250 kW / 340 PS) and a V8 turbodiesel (310 kW / 421 PS) will follow. VW has a new plug-in hybrid drive (270 kW / 367 PS of system power) in the pipeline, but this is reserved for the Chinese market - for now. That seems odd in this day and age. Fuel consumption and CO2 figures are yet to be disclosed.

Authored by: Dieter Quartier