Rather revealing sketch tells much.
German automaker Volkswagen may be doubling down on its electric assault, but it’s aware that while tomorrow appears bright and fully-charged, the buyers of today still need a large, comfortable family SUV to run around in. To that end, it’s readying its all-new Touareg for a debut later this year, which promises to bring with it a strong dose of contemporary appeal, both in terms of aesthetics and engineering.
The Touareg is the oldest product in the VW lineup, and it shows. That in mind, VW has every intention of catapulting its largest car firmly into the 21st century. Style-wise, it appears to make the leap into the mainstream for both the segment and for Volkswagen. On the former, it’s clear to see that the new Touareg adopts a less straight-edged roofline, while the front and rear are bejewelled with slimmer, more streamlined head- and taillights. The overall expression is both distinctive and recognisable, with only the most ardent luddite likely to not see that this is clearly a Volkswagen.
Elsewhere, Volkswagen promises “innovative technologies and dynamic handling properties.” On the former, the Volkswagen Touareg will come with “one of the largest digital cockpits in its class,” which the German brand is opting to call ‘Innovision.’ This new system, VW says, “opens up a new type of infotainment environment.” No clue what that means.
On the latter, the new Touareg is expected to ride on four-corner air springs, which will be refined further to offer great comfort and excellent dynamism. Further, the Touareg is expected to benefit from four-wheel steering for the first time, again to increase the agility of the VW behemoth.
The Touareg, when it arrives on the 23rd of March in Beijing, is rumoured to push further upmarket than it ever has before, to keep on par with competitors like the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7, with prices expected to remain largely unchanged as it transitions into the new generation.