Our insider from Volkswagen’s facility claims that the third generation Touareg should be introduced at the upcoming 2016 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. According to him, the production-ready model looks pretty much the same as the T-Prime GTE Concept that was presented in April at the Beijing Auto Show, except it will add a few more inches in the length and will slightly change the front end. The 2018 VW Touareg might also feature a wider and lower bodywork from the existing model, so there might be more sports spirit in the three-row SUV.
2018 VW Touareg: Styling and Changes
As for the other styling details, the production model will keep the concept’s chromed grille and large air intakes, as well as pretty aggressive and unusual running lights. Around back, the 2018 VW Touareg sports more dynamics from the current model, which is additionally emphasized with the new rear wheelarch. Inside, the popular SUV will feature one really big touchscreen, just exactly as the T-Prime. The 15-inch display that will be angled towards the driver will contain everything you possibly imagine. Speaking of screens, there will be two more in the back, so the rest of the crew can do some “work” too.
Just like we announced some seven months ago, the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg will change the platform. By switch to VW’s MLB chassis technology, the SUV will reduce its weight up to 500 pounds, which is really something. In addition, there will be more aluminum parts, so the vehicle should get better rigidity as well.
The 2018 Touareg will definitely add some new options under the hood. There will be a new 10-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox and a wide range of engines. The European model will have some oil-burners to offer – possibly a V6 TDI and a new 4.0-liter TDI. The US model will not have any diesel units, but the gasoline model should start with a 2.0 TSI turbo engine, which will deliver around 250 horsepower. Of course, both markets will have a plug-in hybrid models with improved range. There is a big possibility that the third generation Touareg gets the same plug-in hybrid powertrain like the T-Prime. The powertrain uses a aturbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and a 14.1-kilowatt-hour battery. Total output will be around 375 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which is really great.