Meet The New Volkswagen Touareg – PHEV Coming This Year

MAR 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 11

Volkswagen launched the all-new Touareg SUV in Beijing as its new flagship in China – the most important market for the Touareg.

The Volkswagen Touareg will be available with V6 and even V8 engines, which are not of concern to us here, but there will be a plug-in hybrid version too.


Volkswagen Touareg (ICE)

The German manufacturer intends to catch onto the Chinese New Energy Vehicle rush by introducing a Touareg PHEV with 270 kW of system output later this year.

The PHEV will be available in Europe too, but it’s not yet know when and there is no word on whether or not it will launch in North America, which is kind of strange taking into consideration how well SUVs sell in the U.S.

“Launch with V6 engines. In Europe, Volkswagen will initially offer two V6 diesel engines for the new 2018 Touareg with outputs of 170 kW / 231 PS and 210 kW / 286 PS. In a number of markets, this will also be followed by a V6 petrol engine (250 kW / 340 PS) and a V8 turbodiesel (310 kW / 421 PS). A new plug-in hybrid drive (270 kW / 367 PS of system power) is being prepared for China; its exact launch date in Europe is still open.”

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The other plug-ins from VW in China will be the Tiguan PHEV and the all-electric Bora. The I.D. hatchback will launch in 2020.

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Press blast:

Leading the way – Volkswagen presents the new Touareg

  • In its most important market: Volkswagen is presenting the brand’s new flagship in China
  • Milestone of the SUV campaign: Touareg shows Volkswagen’s claim in the premium class
  • The power of the brand: Touareg is a statement on design, technology, handling and comfort
  • Success story: around one million Touareg SUVs built to date

Volkswagen is making a statement by staging a world premiere of a new model for the first time in China – its largest market. The new Touareg1 marks a milestone in the brand’s largest model and technology campaign, and it shows what engineers and designers at Volkswagen can do. The new flagship takes a top position in the premium class SUV segment with its expressive design, its innovative operating, convenience and safety systems, as well as in the high quality of its materials and craftsmanship.   

Equipped with the connectivity of a new era and a pioneering fusion of assistance, comfort, lighting and infotainment systems, the Touareg points the way to the future. At the same time, the exclusive SUV charges up its market segment with pure dynamism. The largest markets for what is now the third generation of the Touareg are China, Europe and Russia. Worldwide sales of the previous two generations amount to nearly one million units. The Touareg – as comfortable as it is dynamic – has, as the most technically advanced Volkswagen of its era, the potential to enthuse technology and design savvy drivers of premium class models of all sorts, reaching new target groups as well.

Premiere of the Innovision Cockpit. Volkswagen is presenting the fully digitalised Innovision Cockpit for the first time in the new Touareg. Here the digital instruments (Digital Cockpit with 12-inch display) and the top Discover Premium infotainment system (with 15-inch display) merge to form a digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit that hardly needs any conventional buttons or switches. Always-on, offering intuitive control and maximum personalisation – with the Innovision Cockpit, the Touareg provides the blueprint for tomorrow’s digital interior today.

A focus on people. Drivers use the Innovision Cockpit to adapt the assistance, handling and comfort systems specifically to their personal tastes; the car becomes ‘their’ Touareg. This opens up a world in which the driver and on-board guests no longer have to adapt to the car; rather the car adapts to them. Like a new smartphone, the Volkswagen is set up and tuned to personal needs. This is made possible by a new high level of connected systems and programmes – controlled via digital interfaces and the multifunction steering wheel.

Fusion of new assistance, handling and comfort systems. The Touareg is launching with the largest range of assistance, handling and comfort systems ever to be integrated into a Volkswagen. They include technologies such as the Night Vision assistance system (detects people and animals in darkness via a thermal imaging camera), Roadwork Lane Assist (semi-automated steering and lane keeping, accelerating and braking up to 60 km/h), Front Cross Traffic Assist (reacts to cross traffic in front of the Touareg), active all-wheel steering (makes the Touareg handle like a compact car), new roll stabilisation with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars, ‘IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights’ (interactive, camera-based dipped and main beam headlight control) and a ‘Windshield Head-up Display’ projected directly onto the windscreen.

The driver experiences these systems as a single unit in the new Touareg. They are simply there – interconnected via a new central control unit – working imperceptibly in the background and making travel safer, more convenient and more intuitive than ever.

New dimensions and reduced weight. Compared to its predecessor, the third generation Touareg is moderately wider and longer. The new dimensions have positive effects on both the vehicle’s proportions and its amount of interior space. The added exterior length leads, for example, to a significant increase in luggage capacity, from 697 to 810 litres (with rear bench seat up). Cargo there is hidden from onlookers by an optional electrically extending and retracting luggage compartment cover. Despite its increased length and width, the car body is 106 kg lighter because of its mixed material construction of aluminium (48 per cent) and high-tech steels (52 per cent).

Launch with V6 engines. In Europe, Volkswagen will initially offer two V6 diesel engines for the new 2018 Touareg with outputs of 170 kW / 231 PS and 210 kW / 286 PS. In a number of markets, this will also be followed by a V6 petrol engine (250 kW / 340 PS) and a V8 turbodiesel (310 kW / 421 PS). A new plug-in hybrid drive (270 kW / 367 PS of system power) is being prepared for China; its exact launch date in Europe is still open.

Volkswagen SUV campaign. The 2018 Touareg is an important milestone in the largest product and technology campaign in the history of the Volkswagen brand. The brand’s range of SUVs is also being expanded comprehensively. It currently consists of the new T-Roc, the Tiguan, the new Tiguan Allspace (Europe) and Tiguan L (China), the new Atlas (USA) and the Teramont (China), plus the now completely redesigned Touareg as Volkswagen’s top SUV model. Volkswagen will also be further extending the lower end of its SUV range with the compact T-Cross. The first all-electric SUV from Volkswagen is also a sure thing: the I.D. CROZZ. It will arrive on the market in 2020.

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VW developed the Atlas for the USA, which is not available in Europe. Touareg was and is not available in the USA, because it is relativly small and expensive for the market. That‘s why they introduced the Atlas for this specific market.

BTW: They want to concentrate on BEV in the US market skipping PHEV. That’s what they said a while ago I think. Even it is not clear if/when it comes to europe. And the ICE-cars broadly get this mild-48V-hybrid system only.

Seen plenty of Touaregs here in Colorado, so not sure what you mean by ‘not available in US.
The PHEV would do great here against the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Sorry, I was wrong. Yes, the last version was available, but they realized it is too small and expensive for the specific market and no success. But they had nothing else. So they developed the US-specific Atlas instead.

Sure there are Tuaregs here (Washington State). Are you a native poster or from overseas?

No word on range, charging power or electric drive power?

Let me guess – another PHEV with 20-30 miles electric range! Fleet emissions lowered – yay!

That kind of press release borders on the unethical….

Yawn! Volkswagen, we don’t want another stinky fossil-fueled Touareg! We want an *electric* one!!!

Whatever happened to this?
Which VW confirmed at the time would be launched in 2016? Crickets.
Boo VW. Less PR, more cars.
If VW really can’t advance the launch of any of the ID “zz” series cars (horrible names, BTW), let’s see them actually produce more e-Golfs, instead of shutting down orders.
With 125mi EPA range, there’s a decent market for the car in the next 2 years.

“The production version was announced with the name Atlas for those manufactured in the USA and Teramont for those manufactured in China.” –

No PHEV – they said they focus on BEV for the US now.

Jeremy, thanks for the name clarification, but I’m still confused — the CrossBlue / Atlas _is_ a PHEV…
That aside, I’m not seeing any US BEV focus either at this point — the eGolf isn’t available in most states, and none of the other BEVs will be produced in the next 3 years or so.