Underpinned by the same platform as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, the MLB 2 underpinnings are crucial for the third-generation Touareg. Other than offering a lower center of gravity for enhanced handling, the VW Group’s MLB 2 platform will make certain the Touareg drops approximately 200 kilograms (440 lbs) over an equivalent variant of the outgoing Touareg.
On the tech front, the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg will borrow the 360-degree Area View system from the B8 Passat. The infotainment system will get the Gesture Control technology from the Golf 7.5. Our insider confirmed that Active Info Display is also in the offing.
The third-gen Touareg is going to spawn a diesel- and a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid variant. To be launched in 2018 for the model year 2019, the fuel-sipping Touaregs will marry the 3.0 TDI V6 and 2.0 TSI four-cylinder engines with a disk-shaped electric motor integrated into the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Naturally, both plug-in Touaregs will ship with 4Motion all-wheel-drive.
As ever, the Touareg will be a strict five-seat mid-size sport utility vehicle. For seven seats, the Atlas and the Tiguan Allspace should fit the bill. VW is considering to bring the Atlas to Europe, but no actual decision was made in this sense. The Tiguan Allspace will have to make do for customers in the Old Continent. The long-wheelbase Tiguan will go on sale in September.