The Refreshed VW Touareg Breaks Cover

In addition to a revised design, the SUV gains more features.

Volkswagen has given the third-gen Touareg a midlife refresh. Besides boasting a tweaked design, the SUV ropes in more features. The brand says it has “systematically implemented the wishes of our customers in this model”.

The most noticeable changes in terms of design are to be found on the outside, specifically at the front and rear. The face is quite different, thanks to a unit formed by the radiator grille, headlights and the front apron. At the back, there’s an LED bar for the taillight clusters, which also incorporates an illuminated (red) Volkswagen logo. A lit-up logo will be available on a Volkswagen in Germany for the first time.

Coming to the features, the refreshed Touareg is the first Volkswagen model to feature new HD matric headlights, made up of over 38,000 LEDs. Not only do they offer an extended range, but they also ensure that oncoming traffic isn’t blinded. Another standout feature of the Touareg facelift is the new roof load sensor. For example, suppose a load is detected on the roof. In that case, the sensor communicates it to the vehicle’s ESC (Electronic Stability Control), which becomes more aggressive to bolster driving stability. Variants higher up also come with active roll compensation and all-wheel steering.

Inside the cabin, there’s a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Volkswagen says the standard voice control has been enhanced. At the same time, the lane-level navigation and high-resolution map data have been optimised. Also new are the USB-C ports, which now offer up to 45 watts of peak charging power. That’s three times faster than before. The standard kit also includes various driver assistance systems. That list can be expanded with optional extras, such as Travel Assist, Park Assist Plus with remote control, Trailer Assist and Night Vision.

Depending on the market, the refreshed Volkswagen Touareg will be available in five powertrain versions – one turbo-petrol, two turbo-diesel and two plug-in hybrids. By default, all the propulsion systems consist of an 8-speed automatic transmission and the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The range-topping Touareg R eHybrid packs a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and an electric motor, offering a total system output of 456hp. Besides the most-powerful powertrain, the Touareg R eHybrid also has more kit as standard, including four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, blue accents inside-out and door sills with backlit R logo.

Pre-orders for the new Volkswagen Touareg open tomorrow, with prices starting at EUR 69,200. The Touareg R eHybrid has a base price of EUR 93,870.

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