2017 Volkswagen Touareg – next-gen X5 rival to go luxury

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg will receive a more luxurious interior and a design influenced by its little brother, the Tiguan, when it lands in less than a year.

The five-seater SUV model will sit above the Tiguan when it replaces the current Touareg, which is on sale from 2011. It will also be at the end sit on top of the Crossblue production model when the machine is launched in the USA and Chinese markets next year.

In the photo 2017 Touareg car development is less heavily camouflaged, compared to the previous models, showing off its LED lighting more angular design. The car, the shape is similar to that of the largest (and US-focused) Atlas, more rounded wheel arches, a larger front grille and a shorter wheelbase, are the most obvious differences.

The Touareg lights, should have more influence on the Tiguan of the Atlas. Under the covers, it seems that the latest Touareg test mule has horizontal structures on both the front and rear lights, as seen in the preview last year’s Beijing motor show concept.

Under the hood of this concept was a plug-in hybrid that has produced 381bhp and 516lb ft of torque. The system can run in full electric mode up to 50 km. In its most economical mode, the concept was also capable of more than 94mpg combined.

A hybrid powertrain such as this, therefore, should be offered with the 2017 Touareg, but more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel units are probably the greater part of its engine line-up.

As is the case with the machine, all versions of the new Touareg will be equipped with four-wheel drive standard.

Volkswagen is said to be working hard to ensure the new Touareg’s cabin is significantly more luxurious. With the 2018 BMW X5 and Volvo XC90 down, as their main rivals, the Touareg also have some of the best on the market infotainment systems to contend with.

Volkswagen has not revealed when 2017, the Touareg will be revealed, but is expected at the end of this year. The prices is likely to be close to that of the current car, so expect an initial figure of about £ 45,000.