Scale model images show a sleeker design for new Touareg
28 January 2010

These images are reported to show scale models of the new Volkswagen Touareg.

The pictures, taken from a scale model catalogue in the Netherlands, show a car with a more rounded, sleeker look than the current Touareg, with styling cues from the new Golf, Polo and Scirocco including long, slim headlights.

See the new VW Touareg scale model pictures

Using the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne, the new Touareg is expected to be significantly lighter as the company seeks to counter claims of large 4x4s being too inefficient for modern day use.

A weight saving of around 150-300kg has been mooted as a target, although the higher target may be only achievable on base models, which will be offered with only two-wheel drive. The lightest current Touareg, the 3.6-litre petrol V6-powered SE, weighs 2238kg.

A third row of seats could be offered as an option, to address criticisms that the car isn't as practical as some rivals. This is likely to lead to the car having slightly longer wheelbase; the current model is 4754mm long.

Engines are expected to include updated versions of the current 3.6-litre V6 and 4.2-litre V8 petrol units, plus at least two revised turbodiesel offerings.

A hybrid VW Touareg will be available from launch, too. It will use the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 currently used in the Audi S4 and A6, with the electric motor sitting between the transmission and the V6. The top-end V10 diesel is expected to be dropped.

This is the second time this week that images of a new car have first been shown on scale models - earlier this week images of a Renault 'Twingo' CC were released.

The new VW Touareg is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March.

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28 January 2010

It's a Golf plus plus right? Oh no, that's the Tigsomething that I never saw one of on the roads... So it's a Golf plus plus plus, designed to look like a Golf plus, plus a bit, plus a bit. Good to know the design studios burnt the midnight oil on this one

28 January 2010

Yawn...yet another VW by numbers. But, no doubt it will have the most amazingly high quality cabin you have ever seen and a diesel that could power super-Yachts.

And...of course, Autocar wil love it.

28 January 2010

[quote Autocar]The pictures, taken from a scale model catalogue in the Netherlands[/quote]

I'm fairly sure that it's unusual for a scale model catalogue to be at the spearhead of a VW marketing campaign, so i'd treat these pics with 100% scepticism.

Is it just me who thinks that Autocar has rather lost the plot recently?

28 January 2010

Autocar, unfortunately lost the plot several years ago when they merged with and then scrapped Motor! Motor was always the superior mag. Returning to the Touareg, this new version makes both the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne pointless.

28 January 2010

[quote Autocar]a more rounded, sleer look than the current Touareg[/quote]

Yes, sleer is what I thought too!

Where has all Japanese design went to?

28 January 2010

Presumably still being built on the same line as the Cayenne - with the recent Porsche/VW merger it will be more difficult to find out the price VW is charging for producing the Cayenne. Current model approx. GBP 23k - which gives an idea of the price of prestige badge.

28 January 2010

My old series 1 Elise leaked too, but at least it had rubber mats and you could sort it out with a quick towel down!

PaulJ

28 January 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]

I'm fairly sure that it's unusual for a scale model catalogue to be at the spearhead of a VW marketing campaign, so i'd treat these pics with 100% scepticism.

[/quote]

Same pics appeared in that other site with 'Auto' in the name... you know, the one famed for it's fuzzy pics and just as many innacuracies... So it must be true ;)

[quote SpiritOfSenna]

Is it just me who thinks that Autocar has rather lost the plot recently?

[/quote]

Not at all. Bring back LJKS, George Bishop and Phil Llewellin (God, I miss them)

Take no notice... I'm only here for the biscuits

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