Volkswagen has finally unveiled the third generation 2019 VW Touareg, but before you get too excited there’s one big caveat – it’s not coming to the United States. Now that the U.S. has the large Atlas, there’s no room for the Touareg in VW’s lineup here, but if you’re outside the U.S. you’ll be happy to hear that the new Touareg is more luxurious and bigger.
The 2019 VW Touareg is based on the VW Group’s MLB platform, which is used by the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7 and even the new Lamborghini Urus. The new Touareg is a bit bigger than its predecessor, with its length being stretched 3.0-inches and its width being growing 1.7-inches. The bigger dimensions provide a bigger interior and more cargo space. The good news is that even though the 2019 Touareg is bigger, the SUV is now 234 pounds lighter thanks to more aluminum and high strength steel.
From the front the new Touareg adopts a face that looks close to the new Arteon with its wide grille. The headlights are a lot more techy than they look since they are what VW calls LED matrix headlights with a whopping 128 LEDs per headlight. The front of the new Touareg is where most of the differences, since as you move back towards the rear the overall changes are more evolutionary than a drastic redo.
Inside the interior is full of the latest tech with a massive 15-inch touchscreen in the center console and a 12-inch screen in front of the driver.
In Europe, Volkswagen will initially offer two V6 diesel engines for the new Touareg with outputs of 228-hp and 281-hp. In some markets a 335-hp V6 gas engine and a 415-hp V8 turbodiesel will be offered. A new plug-in hybrid Touareg with 362-hp is being prepared for China.