2019 Volkswagen Touareg Review

2019 Volkswagen Touareg review

Our spy photographers were lucky enough to get a glimpse of what the next generation Touareg is going to be. The 2019 Volkswagen Touareg is the model in question and, at first, might be confused to be the new Tiguan thanks to its chunky proportions and blocky lines which makes them difficult to differentiate.

While the camouflage is meant to confuse us, those with a trained eye can clearly make out the differences. What we can immediately tell from the word go is it’s a third generation Touareg, clearly indicated by the prototype’s stature and large size. It sits in between the new three Atlas and the Tiguan, and is a two-row luxury themed vehicle.

Has the platform changed? Good question. The new 2019 Volkswagen Touareg will make use of the new MLB Evo architecture instead of the aging PL52 platform that its predecessors used. The new MLB Evo architecture is the same platform that underpins the latest Audi Q7 model. What this therefore means is that the new 2019 Touareg model’s wheelbase will reduce slightly. Although this is expected to reduce the passenger space somehow, Touareg fans shouldn’t have sleepless nights as the new vehicle won’t make use of third row of seats.

But before we go full length on expounding what the new 2019 Volkswagen Touareg has to offer, probably it would make sense for us to give a short description of what the Volkswagen Touareg is all about. The Volkswagen Touareg is a premium SUV that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to offering a well-refined cabin, luxury and convenience features. It doesn’t come cheap though!

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Unlike most of the vehicles it is competing with in this segment, the VW Touareg is probably one that is often overlooked. Overlooked because it lacks the name recognition that other models enjoy. See, the Touareg finds itself in a collision course with the likes of Grand Cherokee Summit, and the Ford Explorer Platinum.

The two rivals – Ford Explorer Platinum and the Grand Cherokee Summit – are just as good as the Touareg and you can actually find they score better on fuel efficiency and engine performance. But hey, the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg and its predecessors by extension provides the sense of refinement that the latter two won’t offer you. Also, the level of safety features it offers is rivalled by none.

And given the level of technology and premium craftsmanship that the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg is expected to offer, it would only be wise to further rope in the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Lincoln MKX, Lexus RX, and the BMW X5 model.

2019 Volkswagen Touareg Price & Release Date

The estimated price and arrival are still in mystery at this point. The USA spec model should however be expected sometime in the fall of 2018 or early 2019 while the EU-spec model should be expected late this year (2017).

As for the price, the new Volkswagen Touareg 2019 will cost more than its larger sibling – the Atlas, but will not cost significantly higher than the current model that retails for around $50K and about $57K for the Touareg Executive model. Specific details will be added once Volkswagen makes them more and more clearer in the coming months. So keep checking!

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2019 Volkswagen Touareg Interior & Exterior Review

From the pictures, it is quite evident that the new model has changed its dimensions a tad bit than the outgoing model. It looks more dynamic and bold. But what is the MLB Evo platform? According to online sources, the new platform is a system that brings about a sense of rationality in terms of the way the engine is oriented.

This means that all vehicles that use the MLB platform share the same mounting regardless of the model’s powertrain option – be it electric, hybrid, petrol, diesel, or even natural gas. Apart from engine mounting, the platform also has a significant impact on seating position, overall height, wheelbase, and track width.

The interior, just like that on its predecessor will slot in between the entry level and the top-level ordinary. What however remains a constant is the Volkswagen Touareg’s excellent build quality and extensive use of high quality materials that have been further bolstered by tasteful chrome and wood accents along with intuitive interfaces.

Although lacking in the specifics, the new 2019 Volkswagen Touareg should come with an updated infotainment system as well as additional standard features. According to recent announcements, the wheelbase of the new model has slightly reduced which means that the cabin space has slightly reduced. What we don’t know is the extent to which it has reduced and the possible repercussions emanating from that in terms of passenger space.

Some of the standard features to expect from the entry-level model include LED running lights and taillights, automatic and adaptive bi-xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, automatic emergency braking, heated eight-way power front seats, keyless ignition and entry, a heated tilt-and telescopic steering wheel, an adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system, Bluetooth connectivity, and V-Tex premium vinyl upholstery.

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2019 Volkswagen Touareg Engine Performance

The U.S market is expected to have a V6 engine as a standard powertrain beneath the hood. At this point however it remains to be known whether it’ll be Audi’s supercharged 3L V6 used in the Q7 or the aging 3.6L VR6 that is presently on the existing iteration of Touareg. Talking of the 3.6L, the engine currently mills out a whopping 280 horsepower and 265 lbs. ft. of torque for the 2017 model. Both the AWD and eight-speed transmission system are standard. Fuel economy for the Touareg stands at 19 mpg for combined city and highway cruising.

The existing model earned top marks both from the IIHS and the NHTSA. This is a norm for most if not all Volkswagen vehicles given their longstanding history of safety. And while we don’t pay much attention on the outcome of the safety tests, the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg should still continue to impress in this regard.

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2019 Volkswagen Touareg

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Touareg will be the newest generation of this vehicle, with the new platform. However, we are not certain if this model could come to the USA. No one can be certain about that, at least not until the official debut next month. We all know about the Volkswagen scandals and that is not something worthy of our time right now. Things we are interested in are two sets of 2019 Volkswagen Touareg spy photos.

2019 Volkswagen Touareg Spy Photos

There have been two sets of spy photos in the last month. The first set of photos from the last month showed us for the first time the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg without any camouflage. The newest spy photos from a couple of days ago were taken during a commercial shoot. Both sets reminded us how good looking Touareg really is, even without the legendary Walter DeSilva who was the genius behind their best designs.

2019 Volkswagen Touareg Release Date

It is not certain yet, but the rumor has it that 2019 Volkswagen Touareg is going to be released early in 2018 as the 2019 model. And even though its reveal was announced a couple of times before, it hasn’t seen the light of day… yet…

2019 Volkswagen Touareg Price

It is too early to talk about the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg price since it hasn’t been officially presented anywhere, but unfortunately, we do have some devastating rumors. Since this SUV is a good vehicle and a true combination of the German luxury and quality, but it will get destroyed because of its price. The rumored starting price is around $50,000 which is more expensive than the larger Atlas and the current Touareg. And for the similar price, you can get the 2019 Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. Both of those have shared underpinnings as well as some engines with the new Volkswagen Touareg. That price range will be equal to a suicide for the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg. The only way the VW could fix this is to find a way to lower the price for $15,000 but that is not going to happen any day soon.

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2019 Volkswagen Touareg Design

VW Touareg was created to be a BMW on the road and a Range Rover off-road. And they did it – sort of. However, VW was late to the SUV race when they started manufacturing the Touareg in the early 2000s and that is why they started broadening their SUV lineup. That is why we don’t even see the point in introducing this model to the USA when we already have the VW Atlas as the volume leader.

This Volkswagen Touareg will trade the old PL52 platform with the all-new MLB Evo (second generation) architecture that is also present in the newest Audi Q7 and Cayenne. The overall wheelbase will be shorter than on the Q7 but that is because 2019 Touareg won’t have to accommodate that third row of seats.

The visual side of the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg is just as attractive as Q7 and Cayenne. It is a sharper design that looks more expensive than the previous model, and you can also notice some details from the Bentley Bentayga in the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg design. And you should know that this one uses the same platform as the new Lamborghini Urus. However, the prices of these two are incomparable…

2019 Volkswagen Touareg Engine Specs

VW hasn’t been clear with their info on the 2019 Touareg engine specs. It is expected to have a V6 engine as standard in the United States but we don’t know if they are going to keep their 3.6 liter VR6 or Audi’s supercharged 3.0 liter V6 which they used in the Q7. Standard options are also going to include an eight-speed automatic transmission and the AWD.

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In Europe, the main powertrain will be the 3.0 TDI. VW has already made its moves to upsize the Amarok to the V6 so that would be the best sign for it. The power outputs are going to be similar to the Audi Q7 – 218 hp and 272 hp respectively.

The future of the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg hybrid is uncertain however, we know that the GTE concept was a plug-in hybrid with the 2.0 TSI engine paired up with an electric motor. However, that is not the official information.

2019 Volkswagen Touareg Conclusion

We expect the new Volkswagen Touareg to be officially presented at the 2018 North America International Auto Show in Detroit which will take place from January 13 to January 28, 2018. And although its official debut has already been announced a couple of times before, this time we are almost certain. The Volkswagen has already started filming the official commercials with the production model and that is how we got the newest spy photos in the first place.

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