This is the all-new VW Touareg, revealed ahead of its arrival in UK showrooms this summer priced from around £50,000. It’s the third-generation of VW’s flagship SUV and according to the German brand, it’s the most technologically advanced model it has ever produced.
VW says the new Touareg is now more practical than before, debuts the brand’s latest 15-inch Innovision Cockpit infotainment system and is more efficient thanks to a range of new V6 and V8 engines. A fuel sipping plug-in hybrid model is on the way, too.
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Now based on the same MLB platform as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, the latest Touareg has benefited from a significant growth spurt. Against the tape measure the SUV is 44mm wider and 77mm longer but marginally lower than the model it replaces. As a result boot capacity has increased by 113 litres to 810 litres with the rear seats in place.
At the same time VW has managed to reduce the weight of the car by 106kg through more liberal use of lightweight aluminium in its construction. This is said to be a key factor in improvements to the new Touareg’s performance and fuel economy.
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Initially, UK Touareg buyers will be offered the choice of a single engine: a 282bhp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel, which sends power through VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
In the autumn, two additional engines will be launched: a lesser-powered 228bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel and a 336bhp 3.0-litre turbo petrol. Towards the end of 2018 VW will introduce a flagship 417bhp 4.0-litre V8 turbodiesel but no date has yet been set for the arrival of the plug-in hybrid Touareg model.
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Other new tech includes the arrival of rear-wheel steering, which is designed to improve maneuverability at low speed and stability at high-speed. Air suspension has also been added for the first time, which can increase the Touareg’s ride height by 70mm to further improve off-road performance. A new off-road pack is a further option and this adds extra driving modes, a larger fuel tank and under body protection. Meanwhile, the Touareg’s maximum wading depth has also increased by 80mm to 570mm…..Read More>>
Source by autoexpress…