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Volkswagen launches new Touareg

Date: 23 March 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its new Touareg large SUV.

The all-new model will replace the outgoing car as the flagship of VW's SUV range, sitting above the T-Roc, Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace.

The new Touareg marks the debut of VW's fully digitalised Innovation Cockpit interface, which sees the digital 12in instrument panel and 15in infotainment screen merge to form a unit with hardly any conventional buttons or switches.

Drivers will be able to use the Innovation Cockpit to adapt the Touareg to their personal tastes.

VW says the new vehicle will come with the largest range of assistance, handling and comfort systems ever fitted to one of its cars. 

These include: the Night Vision assistance system, which detects people and animals in darkness via a thermal imaging camera; Roadwork Lane Assist, featuring semi-automated steering and lane keeping, accelerating, and braking up to 37mph; Front Cross Traffic Assist, which reacts to cross traffic in front of the Touareg; active all-wheel steering; a new roll stabilisation system with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars; intelligent LED matrix headlights and a head-up display.

The new Touareg is wider and longer than the outgoing model, meaning improved interior space and a bigger boot.

In Europe, the new model will initially come with two V6 diesel engines with 231hp and 286hp. 

In some markets, which are yet to be confirmed, these will be followed by a V6 petrol engine producing 340hp, and a V8 diesel with 367hp.

A plug-in hybrid version is also being prepared for the Chinese market, but VW says its exact launch date in Europe is still open. 

Full specs, prices and on-sale dates are yet to be confirmed.