Volkswagen staged the world premiere of the new Touareg in China – its largest market. The new flagship is designed to take a top position in the premium class SUV segment.
Volkswagen is presenting the fully digitalised ‘Innovision Cockpit’ for the first time in the new Touareg. Here, the digital instruments (Digital Cockpit with 12-inch display) and the top Discover Premium infotainment system (with 15-inch display) merge to form a digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit that hardly needs any conventional buttons or switches.
Drivers use the Innovision Cockpit to adapt the assistance, handling and comfort systems specifically to their preference. The Volkswagen is set up and tuned to personal needs which is controlled via digital interfaces and the multifunction steering wheel.
The Touareg is launching with the largest range of assistance, handling and comfort systems ever to be integrated into a Volkswagen. They include technologies such as :
- 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)
- ‘Windshield Head-up Display’ projected directly onto the windscreen
Compared to its predecessor, the third generation Touareg is moderately wider and longer. The 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 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 per cent) and high-tech steels (52 per cent).
In Europe, Volkswagen will initially offer two V6 diesel engines for the new 2018 Touareg with outputs of 231 PS and 286 PS. In a number of markets, this will also be followed by a V6 petrol engine (340 PS) and a V8 turbodiesel (421 PS). A new plug-in hybrid drive (367 PS of system power) is being prepared for China.
Check out all-new Volkswage Touareg in the video below:
New Volkswagen Touareg Image Gallery