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The new platform will be shared with the next-generation Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 and will feature increased use of aluminum to keep weight down. It will also be slightly sportier and adopt styling influences from the recently launched Tiguan SUV.
Recent spy shots of a test-mule wearing the current Touareg’s sheet metal with several modifications showed a wider rear bumper and misaligned fuel filler cap. The front of the car also featured a different intake system, which was also positioned lower than on the current version. This suggests that the next Touareg will be wider and lower, making it sportier and more car-like. This latest computer generated rendering gives us a good indication as to what the new model will look like.
The new engine lineup will start with a 280hp (208kW) 3.2L V6 petrol engine and top out with a 345hp (257kW) 4.2L petrol V8. A pair of diesel engines will also be on offer including 2.7L and 3.0L turbodiesels. All the engines will be matted with a six-speed automatic gearbox.