A rumor indicates the next-gen Volkswagen Touareg could debut in 2017, and this fresh set of spy photos suggests that timeframe could be accurate. These pics give us the first good chance to check out the brand’s future crossover since seeing a test mule under an Audi Q7 in 2014.
The camouflage does a wonderful job of hiding most design elements the front and rear. However, look through it to see the horizontal slats in the grille, and check out the back to see the exhausts poking out of each corner. The new Touareg's profile is somewhat slab-sided, but a muscular arch gives definition to the rear fender. The roof also has a slightly downward sweep, which is a good compromise between a sporty look and usable space in the rear.
Recent spy shots also show how the Touareg is different from the brand’s other forthcoming large crossover, possibly called the Teramont. They look somewhat similar in profile. However, the Teramont features a side crease below the door handles, but a similar design flourish is higher on the Touareg. The mirrors are in different locations, too.
The two models also ride on different platforms. The Touareg uses MLB Evo for vehicles with longitudinal engines, including the latest Q7, upcoming Bentley Bentayga, and next-gen Porsche Cayenne. In contrast, the Teramont has a version of the MQB chassis like the Golf, which has a transversely oriented powerplant.
The Touareg’s powertrain range will include array of gasoline- and diesel-fueled engines. Dieselgate makes the latter highly unlikely in the United States, though. Rumors hint at a plug-in hybrid eventually joining the range, too.