After a teaser marketing campaign that lasted months and ran till 24 hours earlier than debut, the facelifted third-generation Volkswagen Touareg is right here — “right here” being Europe and different markets that are not America. The compulsory aspects of a facelift are right here, starting with the LED gentle bar below the brand new grille, connecting the headlights. Patrons who need to improve the headlights can go for VW’s new IQ.LIGHT HD matrix items, every housing corralling 19,216 particular person LED pixels. VW says these present a glare-free important beam, the automaker pledging to propagate them all through the SUV lineup now that the corporate’s know-how chief has them (please carry them to the U.S.!). In again, a full-width LED gentle bar turns into the taillights on the flanks, stopping within the center at an illuminated VW emblem, the primary time there’s been a dayglow rear emblem on a VW in Europe.
Engineers tweaked the usual metal and optionally available air suspensions to spice up dealing with and luxury. In addition they tied the Touareg’s dynamic management unit right into a roof load sensor, the end result being that when the management unit detects extra weight on the roof, it modifications parameters for the soundness management to enhance security. 4 new wheel choices begin at 19 inches and finish at 21 inches, and might be wrapped in optionally available efficiency rubber.
Inside, the Innovision Cockpit’s 12-inch digital gauge cluster and Uncover Professional Max 15-inch infotainment display are actually normal gear. Infotainment enhancements imply finer lane-level navigation, higher high-res map information, wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, extra conversational instructions for the voice management, and USB charging ports upgraded to 45 watts from 15 watts. Present homeowners requested for extra padding within the heart console armrest, VW delivered.
There is a alternative of 5 engines relying on trim and market, all mated to an eight-speed automated transmission sending energy to each axles. The entry mill is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine making 335 horsepower. Above that come two turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 diesels making both 228 hp or 282 hp. Then it is again to gasoline with a plug-in hybrid system combining the three.0-liter V6 with an e-motor within the transmission and a 14.1-kWh battery, output standing at 375 hp.
The Touareg R eHybrid flagship will get a extra highly effective model of this PHEV powertrain making 456 hp and 516 lb-ft. Together with the R badges, particular identifiers embrace blue brake calipers, 20-inch Braga wheels, and blue accents within the cabin. For this one, a panoramic sunroof and quad-zone local weather management be part of the checklist of ordinary gear. The R and R-Line might be ordered with an unique Silicon Grey Matte coloration as effectively, the R with the signature Lapiz Blue Metallic.
The bottom Touareg accessible in Germany will proceed with the pre-facelift entrance fascia. It begins at €69,200 ($74,252 U.S.). Above that, the Magnificence begins at €75,070 ($80,550 U.S.), the R-Line at €79,660 ($85,475 U.S.), and the R eHybrid at €93,870 ($100,723 U.S.). Order books for the efficiency fashions open on June 22.