Update: VW has now revealed the third generation Volkswagen Touareg at the Beijing Auto Show, and it’s as impressive as we’d hoped. Perhaps the most surprising of details is that it will still come with a V6 diesel engine as standard – especially as Audi seem to have moved away from that engine in their latest Audi Q5 model. The fact that it’s a diesel should drum up some serious interest for this model for those who felt disappointed with the Q5 launch. Further engines will be coming soon after launch as well with two V6 petrol engines, a V8 diesel option and a hybrid model all slated to be released. Although we’re disappointed that the centre console doesn’t come with two displays (as seen in the Audi A8), that screen is huge. Seriously huge. It should be enough to handle all main tasks (including heating controls as the new Touareg has significantly less physical buttons than before).
Take a look at some of the new images below.
Volkswagen has released its teaser footage for the third generation Volkswagen Touareg, which is due to be unveiled on 23rd March. In the video, we get to see some very interesting – and somewhat exciting – details.
In the 19-second video we are immediately shown that the next-gen Touareg will feature the same name badge styling as the VW Arteon. Even though the stylised lettering has been met with mixed reviews, it makes the new Touareg feel modern and sleek in a way that didn’t quite feel right on the Arteon.
The front grille also gets a makeover that copies the Arteon design. A much taller metallic grille looks fierce on the front end of the car. Mild light animations give the car some character while also showing off the modern technology in the car.
On the top left of the grille itself, we see a small camera that is likely going to help with some assistive technologies like the adaptive cruise control or – fingers crossed – some low-level self driving technology.
The interior is markedly more Audi. For a split second we get to see a new style shifter that has a wider design similar to that found in Audi’s SUVs. No longer do we see a manual gearstick-like shifter. This has been one of my personal gripes for some time, so it’s nice to see VW addressing the issue in this model.
The cup holders – of which there are now two – are turned 90 degrees to keep the shifter close to the driver, and to keep any tall cups out the way. A new volume / power scrolling button (think mouse wheel) stands out thanks to a brushed aluminium design amongst the dark materials.
Two circular buttons are positioned below the cup holders giving the driver and the passenger access to various functions that they call scroll through and then press down to select.
While we don’t get to see the infotainment system, we have a clue that it will be angled towards the driver as seen in the 2019 Audi A7. Just before the camera pans down, we can see an angled line behind the shifter. This implies that the console above will follow the same shape, and be more driver-focussed.
In a previous teaser video (pictured above), we got to see what the second-generation Active Info Display (confirmed to be called the Innovision Cockpit) would look like in the third-gen VW Touareg. Why not have a brand new infotainment system as well?
Whether this new system will be built on Android architecture as was rumoured with Audi’s next-generation operating system is unclear, but rumours also suggest that this Touareg model will also include Amazon’s Alexa software as standard.
At the rear of the car, we also get to see the sharp rear lights, which will almost certainly have animations. But that isn’t the stand out feature at the end of the video. Many will rejoice to see that VW has kept the Suzuka alloys, which pretty much confirms that the new Touareg will come with an R-Line trim level (not that we ever doubted it).
You can watch the full VW Touareg teaser video on YouTube here.