The next generation of Volkswagen flagship SUV has been spotted during its test drive. We are talking about the VW Touareg model which will now come with a hybrid version too. Here, we will mainly focus on the upcoming 2018 VW Touareg Hybrid.
The new Touareg Hybrid will represent the third generation model. This means that it will bring various changes in all the segments of the vehicle. First of all, it will ride on a new platform which will make it lighter than its forerunner and will provide more space inside the cabin and more cargo room. The standard model will feature upgraded engines and of course, we will see a new hybrid powertrain under its hood. Furthermore, the exterior will probably get refreshed styling with some new details and revisions. The cabin will be also modernized with latest tech features and improved materials.
The main rivals of the new Touareg include Audi Q7, Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.
2018 VW Touareg Hybrid powertrain
Under the hood of the latest 2018 VW Touareg Hybrid will be placed a hybrid powertrain besides the traditional engines. It is still not officially confirmed what type of hybrid unit will power the new VW and everything is still based on the rumors. So, if the rumors are true, it will most likely be a 3.0-liter V-6 engine in a combination of an electric motor. All together they should be able to produce around 400 horsepower. On the other hand, some claim that it will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TSFI turbocharged engine paired with a small electric motor. The all-electric range should be around 30 miles.
Design of the exterior and interior
The new 2018 VW Touareg Hybrid will appear with a new architecture which also underpins the Audi Q7 and Q5 models so as the Bentley Bentayga. Because of the new platform, the new Touareg will be slightly larger than its predecessor but lighter which will improve overall performance and driving dynamics.
When it comes to exterior design, the upcoming Touareg will borrow similar design from the T-Prime GTE Concept which made its debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. This means that the whole body will feature more angular lines. The front end will receive a massive grille and a pair of slim LED headlamps with C-shape daytime running lights. We will also notice deeper air intakes and sportier bumper. The rear fascia will be also redesigned with thinner taillights and chromed bumper.
Inside, the 2018 VW Touareg Hybrid will be more spacious than before. It will provide more comfort and more space for the luggage. The legroom will be significantly improved especially for the back passengers. The dashboard will get more modern appearance along with door panels. It will also receive a large 15-inch display and a new digital instrument cluster.
As for the equipment, it will come standard with dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, a rearview camera and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 VW Touareg Hybrid should arrive later this year. As for the price, it should start at around $51,000.