Looking Forward to the Upcoming 2018 VW Touareg

July 20th, 2017 by

Volkswagen Touareg

The Touareg is the premium mid-size SUV from Volkswagen. In production since 2002, the vehicle had its most recent facelift in 2010. Now, spy photos show that this popular SUV is getting another makeover for the 2018 lineup. Discover some of the exciting features you can look forward to on the 2018 VW Touareg.

Modern MLB Platform

While the spy pictures show that the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg will stay basically the same size and keep similar proportions as the previous generation, it does seem as though the SUV will be on the new MLB platform. MLB stands for Modularer Langsbaukasten, which is German for Modular Longitudinal Matrix. This will make the SUV lighter than its previous versions, offer more luggage space, and make it easier for better interior packaging. Although the MLB platform has a lower roof, that shouldn’t impact headroom in the new Touareg because the seating positions will be slightly lower as well.

All-New Exterior

Along with a new platform, it appears the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg will also have a new look and some added exterior features. In fact, a lot of these new changes have people comparing the redesigned Touareg to the T-Prime GTE concept car that debuted at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. The new Touareg should have a larger grille flanked by thinner headlights, a sportier bumper, C-shaped LED daytime running lights, slimmer taillights mounted high on the fascia, and more chrome on the rear bumper.

Upgraded Interior

Just like the new VW Touareg samples the T-Prime GTE heavily on the outside, it will likely incorporate many of the concept car’s upgraded features on the inside as well. Expect to see a very large touch-screen display mounted in the center of the dashboard. While the display likely won’t be as large as the T-Prime GTE’s 15-inch screen, many insiders suspect it will be close in size. You should also expect to see a more high-tech and modern look on the door panels, instrument cluster, and dashboard. Don’t be surprised if there’s some state-of-the-art technology incorporated into these areas as well.

Plenty of Power

Like previous years, the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg will likely come with a range of engine options. This should include a new 3.0-liter V6 engine, as well as a hybrid engine that pairs this gasoline engine with an electric motor. In other markets, there will likely be a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. While these two motors will be mainly in vehicles sold in Europe and China, it’s possible one could make it to the U.S. market as well.

Even though no output figures for these new engines is known right now, many suspect the 3.0-liter engine will offer up over 300 horsepower, and the hybrid engine could produce at least 400 horsepower combined. For the turbodiesel engine, you can anticipate numbers in the range of 220 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

From a stylish exterior with plenty of updated features to an upgraded interior with luxurious touches, there’s plenty to look forward to when the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg arrives.