The brand-new 2019 VW Touareg is ready to hit the market later this year completely refreshed. The current model has started to look outdated, so the manufacturer has finally given it an eagerly expected redesign. The Touareg will now ride on a new architecture which will make it a bit wider and larger. But the use of aluminum in its design will make it lighter. The interior and cargo space will also be enhanced dramatically, and it will be equipped with the latest tech and safety features. The styling will be refreshed too with more Audi design elements. Besides that, the VW will now feature several engine options including a plug-in hybrid.
Engines and performances of the new 2019 VW Touareg
At first, the Touareg has only been available with one engine. It is a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel which is able to develop 280 horsepower and the torque of 266 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and the all-wheel-drive system is standard. This engine isn’t very fuel economical and it gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
On the other hand, the newest 2019 VW Touareg will be offered with some new units and we can expect several engines. The first option is going to be a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine which will have the output of 228 hp while the second will be a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo petrol engine. This one will be able to produce around 336 hp. As well, the carmaker will also introduce a flagship unit but it is still not known when exactly. And it will be a 4.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel engine which will be capable of making around 415 hp.
Furthermore, at some point in the future, the Touareg should also get a plug-in hybrid engine. It is expected to be rated at 362 horsepower. Moreover, the VW Touareg will receive an air suspension for the first time and rear-wheel steering which will significantly enhance stability at high speeds and maneuverability at low speed.
Design of exterior and platform
The upcoming 2019 VW Touareg will use the same MLB Evo platform which also underpins the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, the Lamborghini Urus, and Bentley Bentayga. Speaking of its dimensions, the Touareg is now wider and longer than before. This has drastically improved its cargo capacity but also interior space. However, despite the increase in size, the Volkswagen is much lighter than before because of the use of lightweight aluminum in its design.
Looks-wise, the 2019 VW Touareg will be revised and will look more like Audi models. This will be seen in the similar angular headlamps, similar rear end if the Q7 and sharp surfaces all over the body. However, we could notice the integrated headlamps with the chrome grille, like on the other VW models. Furthermore, both headlamps and taillights will be equipped with standard LED lighting. The base SEL model will ride on standard 19-inch wheels while the R-Line will get larger 20-inch rollers. As well, the R-Line model will feature the sportier appearance and a glass panoramic roof.
Inside the cabin, the 2019 VW Touareg features two rows of seats which can welcome five passengers. Space is now significantly improved, so as the cargo room providing the 28.6 cubic feet of space. It can also be increased with the rear seats folded down. As well, the new Touareg is even more comfortable than before. The seats are upholstered in synthetic leather in the base models while the higher trims get real leather. Furthermore, according to the carmaker, VW is also more practical than before. It is now available with the 15-inch touchscreen with brand’s newest Cockpit infotainment system and 12-inch gauge display. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well.
Safety and equipment of the 2019 VW Touareg
The safety equipment of the new 2019 VW Touareg will be significantly improved also. It now includes a night-vision camera, lane-keep assist system, four-wheel steering, a front-facing cross-traffic assist system, a reversing camera, and so on. Moreover, it is available with optional matrix-typed LED headlamps.
Some of the standard features will include LED lights, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, audio system, power-adjustable front seats, a 15-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, heated front seats, hands-free power liftgate, etc. The higher trim levels will add leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power adjustable steering column, Dynaudio premium audio system with 10 speakers, driver’s memory-seat position, a panoramic sunroof, 14-way adjustable front seats, and so on.
Release date and price of the 2019 VW Touareg
The latest news has confirmed that the 2019 VW Touareg is set to go on a sale sometime in the end of this year. We don’t have the information about its price yet. But we assume that it should be higher than the price of the current model which begins at roughly $44,000.