The Touareg is one of VW’s best-selling cars because it is priced quite competitively, it looks very good, and it offers one of the best interiors in its class without looking too flashy. There are still segments where it can be improved, and we expect this to happen with the introduction of restyled 2017 Volkswagen Touareg model.
The current model released back in 2010 and despite the fact it still sells quite good, it started to lose against some of its newer competitors such as the Edge or even the all-new Sorento. To get back at the top of its class, the car will receive a complete overhaul with the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg, an entirely new model based on their revised MLB EVO platform.
While the car has not been officially unveiled or even confirmed just yet, we did see a few development mules in Germany. While these were wearing the body of an old Q7, the wheelbase, as well as the interior, proved that these are in fact VW cars, most likely the upcoming Touareg. The new platform means that the car could lose more than 500 pounds but also that it should be more rigid and improve the strength of the structure when compared to model before. This will be beneficial to the way the car handles as well as it feels on the road without ruining the comfort of its passengers.
2017 Volkswagen Touareg Price
The price will still be quite high, especially for a mid-size crossover. At more than $42,000 for a base version and up to $60,000 or more for a fully loaded version with a diesel engine it certainly becomes a premium vehicle. Hybrid has also been in the plans, and its price is expected to be in the upper region and comparable with the top of the line diesel versions.
Regarding engines, the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg will likely feature similar engines to those found in the all-new Q7 but this time around it should also receive some less impressive engines than the Q7 to allow VW to target specific markets. This means that while the US version of the car will most definitely get well-known engines such as the 333 horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 of the Q7 or even the 268 horsepower diesel, some markets, such as Europe or China, are likely going to get smaller and more efficient engines.
This is possible thanks to the car’s weight loss where it will not lose a lot regarding performances. We expect a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel in Europe with up to 190 horsepower and more than 270 lb-ft of torque while China might get a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four petrol mill with up to 250 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. All of these will most definitely get VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system as standard while an eight-speed automatic is going to be standard at first. However, their all-new 10-speed DSG automatic is also expected to debut on this model and later be adopted by most of their lineup of new cars.
Design wise it is still unknown if the new Touareg will get a seven-seat version with a longer wheelbase but the five-seat model will most definitely borrow from the design of their current models such as the new European Passat. This means that it will use their new grille and headlights design that make it one of the better-looking cars in its class. The Touareg will likely stay similar in size to the current model, but the new design cues will make it look more like an update of the previous version rather than an entirely new model. We can cope with this considering since this has been VW’s approach for most of their models lately.
Inside the cabin, the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg will likely get a very similar interior to the Passat, and this will be thanks to the fact that the latter has been moved up to the market as an executive car. However, new SUV will benefit from a lot more space than the sedan, and it should also be available with more impressive trim levels which will allow it to differentiate itself on the market as an executive mid-size crossover or SUV depending to which market it comes. Everything will be clear when this version comes to the market, and that is expected to happen during before the end of this year with official introduction during the fall.