The next generation Volkswagen Touareg has been speculatively rendered ahead of a market launch likely scheduled for 2017.

The next generation Volkswagen Touareg has been speculatively rendered ahead of a market launch likely scheduled for 2017.

 

VW's big SUV could adopt some styling influences from the CrossBlue concept which served as foundation for this speculative render so we should expect an evolutionary design enabling a more refined look granting the Touareg with a more premium feel.

 

A test mule wearing the body of the old Audi Q7 was caught on camera back in October last year which means it will be a while until the car will come out, possibly towards the end of 2016. It will ride on the same MLB Evo platform as the new Q7 so there should be a massive weight drop which in the case of the Q7 3.0 TDI has enabled a 325 kg (716.5 lbs) diet, thus allowing the SUV from Ingolstadt to weigh 1,995 kg (4,398 lbs).

 

Volkswagen's third generation Touareg will likely get just about the same array of engines as the Q7, including plug-in hybrid versions that depending on the market will be available with gasoline and diesel engines teamed up with an electric motor.

Chances are prototypes carrying the production body will be on the roads later this year, prior to an official reveal at a major auto show in the second half of 2016.

 

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