Today, Volkswagen revealed the all new Touareg flagship SUV.

Based on the same MLB Evo platform as the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus, the 3rd generation Touareg is 77mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm lower.

VW have managed to shave 106kg compared to the previous model, thanks to the heavy use of aluminium (48% of the car) and high tech steel (52% of the car).

Aesthetics wise, the Touareg has a new front fascia similar to that of the Arteon, with its headlights integrated into the design of the grille. Those headlights are full LED and use matrix technology – each headlight has a whopping 128 LEDs. The rear is similar to the previous generation, while adopting some of the Arteon’s styling traits including a Touareg badge in the centre of the tailgate and LED taillights.

Inside, the new Touareg has been given a technology overhaul. High-spec Touaregs combine VW’s 12-inch Active Info driver instrument display with an all new 15-inch infotainment screen. There aren’t many physical buttons, as they’ve been moved to the infotainment system.

The Touareg also comes with other optional tech goodies including all wheel steering, a night vision system, air suspension, ventilated massage front seats, quad-zone climate control, a 730W 14-speaker Dynaudio speaker system and a massive panoramic roof. Wheel sizes range from 18 inches to 21 inches.

The European market Touareg will receive four engine options: two 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesels (one rated at 170kW, the other at 210kW), a 4.0-litre V8 diesel producing 310kW, and a petrol V6 producing 250kW. China will also get a 270kW plug in hybrid model later down the track – this is yet to be confirmed for the rest of the world.

The 2019 Touareg will launch in Europe later this year, with an Australian release likely in late 2018 to early 2019. What do you think? Let me know!

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