Volkswagen’s Touareg SUV will be replaced in the UK this August by a new generation offering more power, more space, greater efficiency, less weight and, for the first time in a UK-market VW, a hybrid-electric powertrain.
The new car is slightly longer than the current Touareg, measuring 4758mm, and at 1724mm in height. Its roof is 20mm lower than that of the outgoing model.
Visually it’s been greatly updated, wearing VW’s new wider-grilled corporate look as pioneered on the Mk6 Golf and the current Polo. Most significantly, however, it’s 200kg lighter than the current Touareg model for model and, says VW, 20 per cent more fuel-efficient.
The new Touareg will be offered to UK buyers with a choice of three powertrains and four trim levels. The range will start with a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine offering 238bhp and 405lb ft of torque. Combined with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and automatic engine stop-start, that version will be good for 38.1mpg and 195g/km of CO2. An entry-level 202bhp version of the 3.0-litre V6 diesel will be available from November.