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There’s an all-new VW Touareg, just not for us

Volkswagen uncovered 2019 VW Touareg in Beijing, as it revealed luxury SUV that’s now a little too luxury for the U.S. market that has been waited for so long. It is completely redesigned and that repositioned the brand’s priciest SUV further upmarket. It is also bringing new tech and a new corporate face to the model that kicked off Volkswagen’s SUV lineupmore than ten years ago.

The new Touareg shares its MLB Evo platform with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus, Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. It is longer and wider than the outgoing model, but has lost over 200 lbs of curb weight. In Europe, the Touareg will be offered with a choice of two 3.0-liter V6 diesels, churning out 228 and 282 hp respectively, while the base gas engine will be a 3.0-liter V6 good for 335 hp. The beefiest engine on the menu will be a 4.0-liter V8 diesel with 415 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque on tap. Since this Touareg will be angled toward China, a plug-in hybrid will be offered as well.

The Touareg will offer the Innovision digital cockpit

The Touareg will offer what VW calls the Innovision digital cockpit — a 12-inch digital screen — along with a 15-inch Discover Premium infotainment display.

There’s a reason why we aren’t getting the Touareg here: Volkswagen Atlas. It also has to do with Volkswagen’s repositioning of the Touareg’s powerplants for markets where it’s likely to do well. It has higher sticker price and the Volkswagen badge. The U.S. now has the Atlas, engineered (and priced) to sell well with the VW badge stateside. It is addition to the MLB-platform stablemates like the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7.

The U.S.-made three-row Volkswagen Atlas and its upcoming two-row twin. Redesigned Tiguan will address the SUV needs of U.S. customers while keeping price tags in the Volkswagen range. Past Touareg models were unable to do that.

 

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