Volkswagen Touareg 2018: here is the VW SUV seen closely
Majestic, comfortable, rich in technology. The third generation of the Volkswagen Touareg that in Italy will arrive in a few months is even more than the previous highest expression of the expertise of Volkswagen. Compared to the first series launched in 2002, but also the second, Volkswagen Touareg 2018 favours comfort compared to off-road capabilities but retains its utilitarian capabilities.
The technicians of Wolfsburg have in fact kept in mind that 60% of its customers want it already configured with the towing hook, which means that the typical owner of the German SUV wants a car that excels yes in safety and comfort, but he also uses it for heavy tasks. Admiral yes, therefore, but also multi-purpose car capable of “getting their hands dirty”.
Volkswagen Touareg from Outside
The Touareg III is considerably larger: the length now reaches 4.88 meters with an increase of 7.7 cm, while the width is 1.98 meters or +4.4 cm compared to the outgoing series. It is only slightly lower, but the difference of 7 mm is practically imperceptible.
Rather make it look as much bigger than the outgoing Volkswagen Touareg 2018 is the design aligned with the last stylistic canons of the House of Wolfsburg, where the horizontal lines like those of the wide chromium grille connected seamlessly to the characteristic optical groups prevail.
Muscular sides and a back without too many doodles complete a design that at the same time attracts the look, without resorting to exaggerations. Innovation, therefore, but with sobriety. From the constructive point of view, the new Touareg is based on the MLB longitudinal modular platform exploited by the Group for the various flagships such as Audi Q8, Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus, which provides engines and longitudinal gearboxes.
Volkswagen Touareg from Inside
The leap in interior quality is enormous. The design created from scratch has followed the digitization of the commands as a leitmotiv. In Volkswagen, they call the Innovision Cockpit the 12 “digital instrumentation and the touch screen of the Discover Premium 15” infotainment system from which all the onboard functions can be controlled. For better usability, the most intuitive and used manual switches were maintained, such as the volume adjustment of the hi-fi system.
First-rate finishes and materials, with naturally tanned leather and natural ash wood, alternatives to aluminium to counteract the massive technological equipment that includes all the latest generation of Volkswagen home. These include Nightvision’s night vision system, an off-road gear indicator that provides data such as the tilt angle and the 730-watt Dynaudio Hi-Fi system.
The capacity of the boot also grew sharply, from 697 to 810 litres. An interesting option is the load compartment cover which opens and closes with an electric control.
The adoption of the MLB platform on the Touareg has also made it possible to improve performance, efficiency and driving dynamics. Thanks to the aluminium body and high-strength steels, the new Volkswagen Touareg 2018 weighs 106 pounds less than the previous one.
Big news also for the suspension and steering, with the debut of the electromechanical roll bars and AWS and, on request, the new 4-Corner air suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers.
As on Cayenne, there is the possibility of adopting the four-wheel steering that at speeds below 37 km / h reduce the turning circle from 12.19 to 11.19 meters, greatly improving agility in the city and in the narrow mix.
Volkswagen Touareg 2018 Engines
In a first phase, Volkswagen will offer the new Touareg on the Italian market with two 231 and 286 hp V6 TDI engines, respectively with 500 and 600 Nm of maximum torque, to which will be added to the offer another V6 turbo but petrol, the 3.0 TSI with 340 HP and 450 Nm. There is also a plug-in hybrid power powertrain with a total output of 367 hp, which will debut on the Chinese market before landing in other countries.
All the engines are combined with the 8-speed automatic transmission and the 4Motion all-wheel drive that allows you to customize the travel settings. For those who want to use the Volkswagen Touareg 2018 often also in offroad is the Offroad package that in addition to the specific driving modes for off-road features two towing eyelets, a fuel tank increased from 75 to 90 liters and a system of protection of the underbody with mask of radiator protection, reinforced anti-snap protection, a 12 V battery protection element, a particularly robust underbody aerodynamic coating, tank protection and anti-gravel protection.