2019 VW Touareg Is Bigger, Lighter And Packs A Massive Display Inside

Following a long teasing campaign, VW has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new, third-generation Touareg during a special event in Beijing, China.

The new VW Touareg adopts a sleeker styling, moving away from the off-road character of its predecessors. Despite being built on the same MLB architecture used by the Porsche Cayenne, VW claims that the only exterior part the new Touareg shares with the Porsche is the front windscreen.

Bigger is good, but lighter is even better

VW’s new flagship SUV now measures 4878mm long, 77mm more than the outgoing model. Width is now 1984mm (+44mm) and height is 1702mm (-7mm). The new platform and body also helps in making the new Touareg 106kg lighter than its predecessor.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the new Touareg is its interior, which VW calls Innovision Cockpit. The dashboard now features a 15-inch(!) touchscreen display merged under a single glass surface with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Some switches and knobs are retained for the frequently used functions, but otherwise it’s all screen.

The chassis features active roll bars for better ride quality and better dynamics on the road, while VW also offer an air suspension as an option. The all-wheel drive system comes with a lockable center differential and five standard drive modes, with the optional off-road package adding a further four driving modes, while rear-wheel steering is standard.

Tell me about the powertrains

The engine range will include petrol, diesel and eventually plug-in hybrid powertrains, all mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The sole petrol available at launch is a 3.0-liter V6 with 335hp and 332lb-ft of torque.

Diesel engines include a 3.0-liter V6 offered in 228hp and 282hp versions, with VW to add a range-topping 4.0-liter V8 that produces 417hp and 664lb-ft of peak torque. A plug-in hybrid powertrain with 362hp and 58km (36 miles) of EV range will arrive in late 2019 in China, with VW not announcing a debut date for Europe just yet.

The new VW Touareg also features new LED Matrix headlights, traffic jam assist, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, a night vision camera and more safety and driver assist systems.

What is that I hear – no availability in North America?

Sales of the all-new, third-generation Touareg in Europe are expected to start this summer, with prices expected to be increased due to the significant boost in on-board technologies and more premium market placement.

However, as a VW spokesman told Carscoops, the company doesn’t plan to offer its new full-size SUV in North America, so customers will have to make do with the Atlas that’ll soon get a sportier-looking, 5-seat version that will be unveiled next week at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

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  • Im loving this! The interior is tops too!

  • Christian

    Don’t worry US, you got the Atlas…LOl….. HAHA.

    • YUDHA BAGASKARA

      This thing will be sold in us?

      • Christian

        nope

        • Enter Ranting

          Good. The fewer garbage cars from that monkey-gassing company sold here, the better.

          • Matt

            Well you’ll be missing out because this looks great.

          • Bo Hanan

            “this looks great.”
            Compared to its previous generation. But if buying German VW isn’t even on the list.

          • Bo Hanan

            Holla!

          • SteersUright

            Sadly, you’re right. I LOVE German cars but their ethics have gone so low these companies almost seem American. Lets face it, in the name of profit, our own country and its massive corporations are about as corrupt as it gets as well. 🙁
            That said, props on calling VW out, they deserve it!

      • Benjamin B.

        The Touareg is smaller than the Atlas. It’s Euro specific now… available with turbocharged 4, 6, and 8 cylinder petrol/gasoline and diesel engines. It’s built much better and uses more premium materials. There is a sporty R-Line variant. The USDM Atlas is not at all premium or sporty. But Americans tend to care more about capacity, passenger volume, and towing. Also there is a short wheelbase Atlas Sport set to debut, which will be built in Tennessee. We won’t see the new Touareg in the USDM.

        • The Touareg has always been a luxury SUV… wich is strange, considering the price, it’s like the Phaeton. Creates a huge gap in the lineups. But the Touareg made VW a more highend brand. It always sold well.

          • Bo Hanan

            I live in Florida and rarely see them.

      • Harry_Wild

        Only the Atlas will be sold in the U.S. and only in the U.S.! hahaha!

      • dumblikeyou2

        I’d rather have the Atlas Cross Sport than this limp-wristed Touareg. Europeans can cream their skinny jeans over this one. .No loss and not gonna miss that stupid name either.

    • Benjamin B.

      Except I like the Touareg better. The current one is one of the best built CUVs in the USDM. Too bad the Atlas doesn’t hold up the same. The ones displayed at the LA Auto Show were pretty cheap… A lot of plastics… everywhere. But we Americans love big SUVs that can tow a big 5,000 pound boat, fit six or seven fat Americans, and we don’t care about quality. We just want something that’ll go into “drive” and go. That previous generation’s V10 TDI was pretty sweet. I wouldn’t mind the V8 TDI model. I know that’ll never happen.

      • Christian

        In Europe you could get W12 version of the first Toureg. 🙂

        • TheHake

          Nope. Only a V10. The W12 was only in the first Q7.

          • Christian

            I think you should Google that again…. You could get a very rare W12 version of the TOurag… Just google it, I know someone who had one….The Q7 was a diesel…Idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • TheHake

            FU for calling me an idiot. That was not needed. But ok, I was wrong.

          • Christian

            I’m so sorry, I haven’t been myself after I got my sexchange.

          • TheHake

            And FU for showing me that W12 Toureg. Now I need one.

          • Christian
    • TrevP

      Don’t remind us. haha

    • Six_Tymes

      does it come with a “clean diesel” engine?

      • KenjiK

        Zero emission diesel.

    • LWOAP

      Dude. Not cool.

  • Soob

    Don’t like all that chrome on the front end.

    • Incog Nito

      +1

  • That interior is wow. Chrome trim on the front end is a bit gaudy but overall, the new Touareg looks better than the Q7

    • erly5

      Wouldn’t be hard! The Q7 is awful

    • Belthronding

      everything looks better than q7.

  • Incog Nito
  • William

    Love this. Even more than the Q7 frankly. And real exhausts! Audi, take note.

  • samurai

    So it’s bascially the Arteon styling as a SUV. But it’s looking way better than the old Toureg

  • Julien Lachemoi

    That awkward moment when the Touareg is far better looking than the more premium Q7.

    • Rocket

      Way, waaay better looking!

    • Mynameis Taylor

      I agreee. dare I say it looks better than the Cheyenne, inside and out

      • alexxx

        Cayenne is awful looking…this is miles ahead

    • enthusia

      It’s the best looking car on the MLB platform. Better looking than the Q7, Bentayga, Urus, and Cayenne.

      • alexxx

        Well…urus is top notch….don’t overdo it 😂

        • enthusia

          the urus is easily the ugliest, over-styled car on that platform. even the name is ugly.

          • alexxx

            OooooooK.

  • Toss

    never thought that I will like a VW…this is the moment

    • alexxx

      Agree….not a vw fan but this is niiiiice

  • Vassilis

    Nothing amazing but it looks alright.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    group of VAG’s SUVs:
    Touareg
    Q7
    Cayenne
    Bentayga
    Urus

    • Autoexperte

      with cheat devices? 😉

  • Richard Alexander

    This gets a v8 and the q7 doesnt. Assinine.

  • Jason Panamera

    I like this interior more than in Q7

    • The Touareg has always had a better interior than the Audi Qs.

      • Jason Panamera

        Q7’s interior was my personal winner against 1st gen Touareg’s one.

  • Jasta

    Not extremely long – furtunately no 5.0 m+, as was forseen by some.

    Externally really nice and unpretentious, hevens better than Q7. Maybe even equal to XC90.

    Like it!

    • I’d say second to the XC90, equal for interior but Volvo is more Cosy, this is a German take on swedish design 😉

  • Interesting that all their marketing for this vehicle, has an American theme, but yet it won’t be sold in the US…

  • salamOOn

    only tablet interface? hell NO from me…. i cant see a reason why not put real buttons over that lower AC part on the display…. i want basic operation to be failure proof. thats why i wouldnt buy volvo, and thats why i would by this gimmick t/c-rap too.

    • You have to pray that VW has fixed their electrical gremlin reliability issues…

  • TheBelltower

    The Atlas is a dog. This would do well in the US.

  • Hoe

    too much chrome in the frontend, but really nice looking SUV

  • Erzhik

    Shits all over Atlas and Q7.

  • klowik

    I still like the headlights separated from the grille. it looks a bit flat. I’d like to see more protruding effects on the grille.

  • lines_suck

    I would buy this in a heartbeat over the boring Atlas, or anything really. Too bad I live in the US. Thanks a lot VW.

  • roy

    But would people buy this over a premium badge ?

  • sean tooher

    After the Chinese copy of their own hideous Golf and the latest lazy Polo this actually looks very good !

  • Bash

    I could fall for it, I just have to see in in person first before making my final judgement.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Again, screw you, Volkswagen.

  • Burnermovement

    I would totally buy one of these over the Craplas, but they won’t sell these in Canada.

    WV could stand to sell some halo models like this and the California camper in NA, but their leadership can’t get it right! We get the compromise models instead (NA Passat, Atlas).

    I used to own a Jetta VR6 (back when it was a rebadged Vento). It was a hoot to drive but mechanically it was junk. Still, it had cachet and I had an emotional attachment to it. I don’t get that with these new-school NA Volkswagens (aside from the Golf/GTI and Arteon but neither fit my needs in this stage of my life).

  • Puddingpopper

    Need to give it up with that steering wheel VW, human factors nightmare

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    very sharp & smart looking

  • Patrick

    VW please bring it here

  • panda-R

    Could have been my first VW… Unfortunately VW doesn’t want me to own one of their vehicles. No thanks on the Atlas. Wut a joke!

  • john1168

    Stupid not bringing this to the US…

    • Matt

      No it’s not, it won’t sell (like the last one). People in the US aren’t going to spend Audi money on a VW, when they can have a Q7.

  • CADOX

    I really like it. It looks purposeful and confident. Beautiful work done with the sheet metal, shutlines, etc…

  • kDawg

    Wow…

  • Nordschleife

    I do think they should offer it in the US because the Atlas can be the bread and butter SUV and this can be the steak and potatoes. I understand when VW were only relying on the Touareg for sales but this would nice compliment their line-up.

  • donald seymour

    Ian, I have heard several horror stories like yours. It’s kinda hard to fathom these stories.

  • Merc1

    Stunning! WOW, from VW . They need to try it in the U.S. one more time. I think it would sell better this time. The interior is to die for and the R line exterior is everyrhing too.

    M

    • LWOAP

      Nah, VW is telling us to shove it. They’ll throw the Atlas at us and call it a day.

  • Burnermovement

    60k SUVs are my jam.

  • U8INIT

    America’s gagging now…

  • MarketAndChurch

    The only thing that saddens me is that VW didn’t want to sell something that “looks” like this in the US. The design doesn’t scream 45,000-50,000 dollar SUV to me, but it looks nice, and something that would fit right in here in the US SUV scene. I don’t know why they couldn’t make the Atlas have this exterior, it’s not like it would have cost more to manufacture. Oh well, at least we get Kia’s and Hyundai’s, which don’t save their best for their home markets.

  • I like it, I know VW ag products tend to look similar… But this looks too much Audi, and too good to justify Audi’s Q7 and to an extend the Bentayga. I’d rather have this huge screen than the two stupid screens in Cayenne, URUS (wich looks now the less VW of all) Panamera, A8… Not that I could afford it, but if I was looking at a Q7… I would probably go try this and buy it.

  • ErnieB

    Damn it! That’s nice.. nicer than the Audi counterpart!!

  • Six_Tymes

    This does look very good in and out. I like that its 106kg lighter than its sibling as well.

  • nauticalone

    Stunning! I love my Touareg.

  • Skye

    if this was available in the US and If I was in the herd market for SUV’s I’d buy this no doubt.

  • MarkoS

    It has lost the presence that made it special and I will never understand VW’s need to encroach on Brothers Audi and Porsche. I will not be missing this one in the USA at all.

  • Carenthusiast

    If this is so close to the concept they showed in 2016, I can’t wait to see the next Phaeton which may look like the Concept C Coupe GTE. The interior will be carbon copy from Touareg which isn’t bad at all but far too less physical controls!

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    Look like a big Tiguan

  • Liam Paul

    it’s good looking

  • Harry_Wild

    Take a page from GM and Ford, rename the Touareg and then sell it in the U.S.

  • BlackPegasus

    Nobody wants that funky looking Atlas. I saw that thing on VW’s lot last sunday and it just looks nasty.

  • alexxx

    Best vw …ever?!

  • TheHake

    Now only for the Lotto…

  • wait a minute

    it needs a longer screen on the inside and a bigger grill on the outside IMO

  • SteersUright

    Despise the grille, but the interior is stunning. Could easily be the interior of a Porsche or any top-tier lux brand. GM, are you seeing this?? This is just a VW, the common people’s brand and yet you don’t have a single luxury Cadillac model on the horizon that you’ve displayed with an interior even remotely close to this nice! This is not perception, this is in-your-face fact. No more excuses, buy this Taureg when it comes out, buy the new E-class, buy the new A6, A8, etc., study them, study them well.

    That said, I wish the exterior of the Taureg matched the beauty of the interior. Its elegant from most angles, but the front looks cheap and VW’ish, unlike the new Arteon which somehow managed to look badass.

  • Bruno Marques

    VW really loves that old steering wheel…

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