This is the next generation VW Touareg, spied testing in the California desert ahead of its mid-2010 launch.
Its undisguised centre section and flared rear end give the best clues to its new shape, which is designed with the need to make aerodynamic and efficiency gains in mind.
As well as being sleeker, the new VW Touareg is expected to be lighter as the company seeks to counter claims of large 4x4s being too inefficient for modern day use.
A weight saving of around 150-3000kg has been mooted as a target, although the higher target may be only achievable on base models that will be offered with only two-wheel drive. The lightest current Touareg, the 3.6-litre petrol V6-powered SE model weighs 2238kg.
VW sources also suggest that 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.