Latest version of Volkswagen's large SUV targets the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90; it gets a more luxurious interior and an Arteon-inspired design

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg has been confirmed for a late March reveal, with a revealing sketch showing the look of the car. 

Although the sketch reveals much of the car's look, its full styling, front and rear was shown in the most recent spy shots, which show the car in two different specs, with two different colour choices. The SUV appears to have grown in length from the current car, with a sloping roofline and clear inspiration drawn from the Arteon, horizontal chrome detailing across the front tying the two designs together.

Full styling and details will be officially released on 23 March at an event in Beijing, but Volkswagen has revealed that the car will benefit from rear-wheel steering and air suspension as the brand aims to sharpen its handling over the previous model, as well as being available with a new digital instrument cluster, which Volkswagen has named Innovision.

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A previously spotted model was largely covered, although it did have a light disguise over some of its details. It shows that the next-generation SUV will get a design influenced by its smaller sibling, the Tiguan, as well as the larger, US-focused Atlas.

The Touareg's headlights are sharper and more angular than before, while the tail-lights, which were previously hidden by fake light covers but were fully visible for the promotional shoot, are also far slimmer than before.

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Earlier sightings also suggest that the next Touareg's interior will also be more premium than before, with higher-quality materials and a larger infotainment screen. This is intended to help it remain strong in the battle with the upcoming BMW X5 and the Volvo XC90. The car's look marks the push upmarket of Volkswagen's larger cars, the Arteon in particular.

Powertrains for the Touareg will include a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which will likely be related to the one that was used in last year's Beijing motor show concept. That produced 381bhp and 516lb ft of torque, and could drive in full-electric mode for up to 50 miles. In its most economical mode, the concept was also said to be capable of more than 94mpg combined.

Below the hybrid drivetrain, more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder diesel and petrol units are likely to form the bulk of the Touareg's engine line-up. Volkswagen remains tight-lipped on engine options ahead of the car's official unveiling, though.

As is the case with the current car, all models will come with four-wheel drive as standard.

Being one of Volkswagen's oldest models didn't do the Touareg's 2017 sales any favours - VW shifted just 3689 across the year, compared with 29,121 Tiguans. This is just 474 more than the Sharan, despite large SUVs all but devouring the MPV market.

Pricing is likely to stay close to that of the current car, so expect an entry-level figure of around £45,000. First customer deliveries are scheduled for April. 

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19 August 2016
Every time a new car comes out it's "going upmarket." This is nonsense, because if everything is going upmarket, it means nothing is. Ergo the status quo with brand positioning.

19 August 2016
spanco wrote:

Every time a new car comes out it's "going upmarket." This is nonsense, because if everything is going upmarket, it means nothing is...

It is simply a customer-friendly way of saying that the product will be more expensive, albeit with more squish, less rattle, and a few more toys.

22 March 2017
When everything's 'premier' or claiming to be - a weasel term which is impossible to define accurately - one wonders how supposedly more upmarket marques will attempt further to distinguish themselves from the generality.

22 March 2017
Very well put,in the world of marketing bullshit is a Toureg a down market Cayenne

19 August 2016
How novel for a mainstream manufacturer to claim that their new model is moving upmarket. Who'd have thought it?

20 August 2016
They're probably having to go even more upmarket now the Skoda Kodiaq is being launched which is virtually the same size! They will look stupid with a 45k starting price on these when a Kodiaq will be half that, and as with most of their VW cousins now, be the better car!

20 August 2016
skorob wrote:

They're probably having to go even more upmarket now the Skoda Kodiaq is being launched which is virtually the same size! They will look stupid with a 45k starting price on these when a Kodiaq will be half that, and as with most of their VW cousins now, be the better car!

Not at all - the Kodiaq is the 7-seat value model, Touareg is/will be the 5-seat premium model.

Given all VW Group's brands and models, they can cover most customers needs - I have the current Touareg, I cross-shopped with Range Rover Sport but wouldn't be looking at the Skoda had it been available at the time.

22 March 2017
So you pay double the price for less but you get a premium model that seats less and shares it's badge with the £10K VW Up! seems fine to me. I wish that Autocar would go back to being a car magazine rather than having to read volumes of bullshit about branding & marketing

20 August 2016
THEY WILL HAVE TO SUBSIDIZE THEM THROUGH VW FINANCE TO SHIFT THE FRAUDULENT CRAP

22 March 2017
Ski Kid, you're shouting. Please tell us all what is fraudulent about this car. Non sequitur!

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