Meaner, leaner and greener – that’s the claim for the next VW Touareg.
As these exclusive pictures show, the big SUV has taken on a more aggressive look. However, it will be lighter and more efficient than the outgoing model. There are even plans for a hi-tech hybrid version.
To improve economy, VW’s engineers have used plenty of aluminium in the structure to cut the SUV’s weight by 300kg. Under the bonnet will be a familiar engine line-up. Entry-level models will get a 276bhp 3.2-litre V6 petrol motor, while the range-topper has a 345bhp 4.2-litre V8. For diesel fans, two V6 TDI units will be used, with 2.7 litres and 3.0 litres respectively. Finally, an Audi-sourced 4.0-litre V8 oil-burner will replace the existing 5.0-litre V10 engine. All versions will feature the six-speed Tiptronic gearbox.