Volkswagen’s flagship SUV will be unveiled next month, when the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg goes on show in Beijing. In the meantime, however, the company has released a teaser sketch of its new large SUV.
The sketch, by Brazilian designer Arnaldo Cruziero, is the first in VW’s teaser campaign, leading up to the full reveal on March 23.
Cruziero, a designer who won a talent contest, was picked up by Volkswagen Brazil in 2001, and was then then promoted to the company’s headquarters in Germany, where he now works under design chief Klaus Bischoff.
Why Beijing? China is the world’s fastest growing SUV market, and VW wants a slice of the action, expecting to double its sales by the year 2023.
And with plenty of tech, it should appeal to both the Chinese market and plenty of others around the globe.
What we know so far
Volkswagen says the new Touareg gets one of “the largest digital cockpits in its class”. Calling it the Innovision Cockpit, it is said to “open up a new type of infotainment environment”.
It has state-of-the-art connectivity, while air suspension keeps things comfortable inside. Taking inspiration from the Lamborghini Urus, with which is shares its platform, it also gets rear-wheel steering and roll stabilisation.
This signals a much more upmarket move, with the company wanting to take on the likes of Range Rover and BMW, but stopping short of treading on the toes of the Audi Q7.
We caught a glimpse of the new Touareg when some eagle eyed photographers took a snap late last year.
The photos show that the new Touareg hasn’t ventured too far away from the Volkswagen T-Prime concept that was shown two years ago, with a face very similar in presentation to the Volkswagen Arteon.
The head of VW’s full-size products, Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz told, Auto Express that the new Touareg is “a big jump to catch what we think is premium for Volkswagen: young, connected and cool, this is the idea.
“The last Touareg’s design was not as aggressive compared with the first model,” said Dr Licharz. “It [the new Touareg] will be much better looking – more of an SUV – so I think we have a big jump.”
Under the bonnet is expected to be a batch of turbodiesel and turbocharged petrol engines, in both V6 and V8 guises, but will be carefully tuned so as to not detract from its more expensive stablemates. Remember, that the Q7, the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and the Urus.
It will also be a five seater, with little prospect of a seven-seat version coming to fruition. That’s despite a 100mm increase in wheelbase.
SUV Authority will bring you all the details when the car is revealed in March.