According to a recent report, Volkswagen will introduce the next-generation Touareg in 2017.

Set to ride on the same platform that underpins the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga, the redesigned crossover will reportedly be larger than its predecessor and have enough room to accommodate a third row of seats.  Despite this, the model is expected to be lighter as it will use an assortment of lightweight materials and components.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but choices are rumored to include a new diesel with 300 PS (220 kW) and a V6 petrol with about 330 PS (242 kW). 

We can also expect a plug-in hybrid variant and it could use the same powertrain as the Audi Q7 e-tron.  It, as you may remember, has a 3.0-liter TDI six-cylinder diesel engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery.  This setup enables the crossover to produce a combined maximum output of 373 PS (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.  In terms of performance, the model can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, hit a top speed of 225 km/h (139 mph), average 1.7 L/100km (138 mpg US / 166 mpg UK) and travel up to 56 km (34.8 mi) on electricity alone.

Source: Autobild

Gallery: New Volkswagen Touareg reportedly coming in 2017

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