The latest examples have been spotted wearing zero camouflage gear, which typically indicates that the debut isn’t far off.
The new Touareg looks to have adopted a wider, more dynamic look than the outgoing model. We also expect it to be lighter and feature a more upmarket interior. Underpinning the vehicle is the SUV version of the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MLB platform, which is common to the Audi A7, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, TexasEnlarge Photo
Sadly, there’s little chance we’ll see the new Touareg in the United States. VW’s local division has already dropped the current model in order to focus on the sharper priced and locally made Atlas mid-size SUV.
The 3-row Atlas starts at just over $30,000 whereas the 2-row Touareg in its final year was priced from $50,405, making it more expensive than an Audi Q7. The strategy didn’t work as VW sold just 1,630 Touaregs in the six months prior to the vehicle being dropped.
VW fans still desiring a mid-size SUV but don’t want the family-oriented Atlas can look forward to a new offering from the German automaker. A second SUV is confirmed for production at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is believed to be a production version of 2015’s Cross Coupe GTE concept.
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo