• Volkswagen presents the brand's new flagship
• New Touareg luxury SUV
• More SUVs on the way
• About 1 million Touaregs built to date
China – Volkswagen has debuted its new Touareg in China. Compared to its predecessor, the third-generation Touareg is moderately wider and longer.
Its new dimensions have positive effects on both the vehicle's proportions and its amount of interior space. The added exterior length leads, for example, to a significant increase in luggage capacity, from 697 to 810 litres (with rear bench seat up).
Cargo there is hidden from onlookers by an optional electrically extending and retracting luggage compartment cover. Despite its increased length and width, the car body is 106 kg lighter because of its mixed material construction of aluminium (48%) and high-tech steels (52%).
Launch with V6 engines
In Europe, Volkswagen will initially offer two V6 diesel engines for the new 2018 Touareg with outputs of 170 kW and 210 kW.
In a number of markets, this will also be followed by a V6 petrol engine (250kW) and a V8 turbodiesel (310kW). A new plug-in hybrid drive (270kW of system power) is being prepared for China; its exact launch date in Europe has yet to be confirmed.
Premiere of the Innovision Cockpit
Volkswagen is presenting the fully digitalised Innovision Cockpit for the first time in the new Touareg. Here the digital instruments (Digital Cockpit with 12” display) and the top Discover Premium infotainment system (with 15” display) merge to form a digital infotainment system.
New assistance, handling and comfort systems
The Touareg is launching with the largest range of assistance, handling and comfort systems yet to be integrated into a Volkswagen.
New technologies include Night Vision assistance system (detects people and animals in darkness via a thermal imaging camera), Roadwork Lane Assist (semi-automated steering and lane keeping, accelerating and braking up to 60 km/h), Front Cross Traffic Assist (reacts to cross traffic in front of the Touareg), active all-wheel steering (makes the Touareg handle like a compact car), new roll stabilisation with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars, 'IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights' (interactive, camera-based dipped and main beam headlight control) and a 'Windshield Head-up Display' projected directly onto the windscreen.
More Volkswagen SUVs
The 2018 Touareg is an important milestone in the largest product and technology campaign in the history of the Volkswagen brand.
The brand's range of SUVs is also being expanded comprehensively. It currently consists of the new T-Roc, the Tiguan, the new Tiguan Allspace (Europe) and Tiguan L (China), the new Atlas (USA) and the Teramont (China), plus the now completely redesigned Touareg as Volkswagen's top SUV model.
Volkswagen will also be further extending the lower end of its SUV range with the compact T-Cross. The first all-electric SUV from Volkswagen is also a sure thing: the I.D. CROZZ. It will arrive on the market in 2020.
Watch the reveal as it happened below: