The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg is going to make a superior and versatile SUV – a perfect representative of the third generation. It is a perfect blend of superior characteristics and superior performance that have defined the entire series. Of course, this has also been accompanied by the level of luxury that only Volkswagen has been able to deliver. The new modular MLB EVO platform will make sure that all technological aspects are up to standards, while the usage of new, lightweight materials will do wonders for fuel efficiency as well as improve handling in all situations. Thanks to aluminum, carbon fiber, and high-strength steel, the new Touareg has been able to shed almost 200 pounds.
2017 Volkswagen Touareg Exterior
On the outside, the new Touareg is going to rest on an MLB EVO platform, which means a wider wheelbase and improved specs. Furthermore, the driving experience is also expected to improve, thanks to the considerable weight reduction and superior handling, but also the lavish interior, but we’ll get to that later on.
The stability has also been improved, along with most of the safety features, which have been brought to a new standard. The new LED headlights and a redesigned, radiant grille will certainly add to its visual appeal. The cornering indicators are also different compared to previous models. In the rear, the LED stop lights have been updated, just like the exhaust nozzle. The windshield wiper now features rain-sensing technology and works independently of the driver, and the side windows are tinted.
On the inside, the new Touareg boasts three rows of seats, enabling for at least 7 people, or some impressive cargo space, once the last row is folded. Naturally, the upholstery is top notch, mostly fine leather all the way down to the armrests.
Naturally, there is ample room, except for the third row of seats, which are not exactly adult-friendly, but they are still comfortable enough. Infotainment needs are covered by the advanced system and a touchscreen, while connectivity and air conditioning units are second to none.
Under the hood of the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg, lies a mystery. As underwhelming as it may seem, in their infinite wisdom, VW executives have decided to keep the engine details secret until the final moment, probably due to a certain scandal that needs not be mentioned. If the engine is anything like the previous year’s, we are looking at a 2.0 L gasoline or a 3.0 L V-6 with 330 horsepower.
Another alternative is a 3.0 L TDI with 272 ponies. As for the transmission, a 10-speed DSG dual clutch is the most probable answer. As for the EPA rating, your guess is as good as ours. Even if the guys at VW published the data, nobody would take their word for it.
The new Touareg is scheduled to appear in showrooms by the end of this year.
The exact price is still a mystery, although current estimates place it at $43,000 for the base model, and going as high as $64,000 with all the trimmings.
2017 Volkswagen Touareg
MPG: 17 city / 23 highway
Towing capacity: 7,716 lbs
Dimensions: 189″ L x 76″ W x 68″ H
Other model years: 2015, 2016