Modular longitudinal matrix. The design of the new Touareg is based on the modular longitudinal matrix (MLM) of the Group. It includes models starting from the top mid-class with engines and gearboxes installed longitudinally. Compared with ist predecessor, the third generation became moderately wider and longer, making it flatter. The new dimensions: 4,878 mm length (+77 mm), 1,984 mm width (+44 mm) and 1,702 mm height (-7 mm). The increase in length and width in conjunction with the slightly reduced height led to significantly more dynamic proportions.
Alternative to the establishment. Volkswagen head designer Klaus Bischoff and his team transferred the design of the Touareg to a new time and dimension. Design and technology correspond perfectly. With the third generation Touareg, Volkswagen has refined the positioning of its flagship - an exclusive allrounder that forms an alternative to the establishment with its pioneering, innovative technology, its versatility as well as its excellent comfort and dynamic properties. The expressive design of the Touareg reflects the new positioning. Klaus Bischoff: “We had the opportunity to realise our ideal concept of a large, exclusive SUV from Volkswagen. And we have resolutely made use of this opportunity.”
Superior flagship. While the first generation SUV was characterised by a dominant offroad DNA, this direction increasingly changed from the second generation to the new Touareg towards a progressive, modern and exclusive allrounder – but always still ready to master the dirt tracks of the planet and to reach any destination. Bischoff: “The design of the new Touareg makes it unmistakably clear that it is the superior flagship of our brand. The power of this Volkswagen lies in its affability and elegance – this car does not have to be forceful."
Front end. The expressive front end of the Touareg is particularly distinctive. The chromed solid grille appears to be machined from solid metal and seamlessly interwoven with the continuous lines of the signature light. Klaus Bischoff: “We wanted to create something with this front end that had never been seen before. In an intensive process, we combined the chrome elements of the front end and the new LED light system of the Touareg so that the transition between design and technology blended into a new entity." Innovative, expressive and impossible to imitate. “This front end makes the new Touareg one of the most distinctive SUVs on the global market”, says Bischoff. "A tailor-made solution for freedom. Our goal was nothing more and nothing less.
Silhouette. The sides of the Touareg body look like a stretched sail blown by a tailwind. Accentuated front wheel housings and well formed rear shoulder edges highlight the superiority of the Touareg on any terrain. And this was the goal - to design the most superior SUV of its class. The opposing window lines and character lines at the side are stylish. And the roof line is striking. It seamlessly extends on the striking side line and dynamically concludes with the C-pillar that is angled towards the front.
New range of rims. The increase in dynamics is also reflected in the new range of Touareg rims. Each rim design harmonises with the design of the silhouette. The size of the alloy wheels now starts at 18 inches instead of 17 inches and ends with the 21 inch format. The wheels available include the 18 inch alloy wheels “Cascade” (series wheel V6), “Concordia” and “Cordova”, the 19 inch alloy wheels “Esperance”, “Osarno”, “Sebring” and “Tirano”, the 20 inch alloy wheels “Braga”, “Montero” and “Nevada” and the 21 inch alloy wheel “Suzuka”.
Rear end. The wide shoulder above the rear wheels and the resulting indented greenhouse form a rear end with a strong presence. This superiority is emphasised by the LED tail light clusters. They not only highlight the large total width of the Touareg but also the LED graphic of the front end with its L-shaped signature light. The aesthetics of the shape is by no means detrimental to functionality. To the contrary. almost the entire width is filled out by the boot lid – but it can hardly be seen. What remains in your memory is therefore unique and solely the dynamics of the Touareg.