Volkswagen's updated SUV breaks cover.The 2018 Volkswagen Touareg has been caught wearing very little camouflage, showing off an updated body to go with its all-new platform. The new Touareg will ride on the MLB Evo platform, meaning it shares quite a bit with the new Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga (not to mention the upcoming Porsche Cayenne replacement and Lamborghini Urus SUV).
And while this mule is still sporting some surface camouflage, it's pretty easy to see what we can expect from the final product. The overall profile is lower and more wagon-like than the outgoing Touareg's, and the lines more chiseled and defined.
The Touareg also appears to have inherited its hips from the new VW Atlas SUV, however we're pleased to see that the latter's Jeep-like fender design is nowhere to be found, front or rear. This gives the new Touareg a much cleaner look.
The new Touareg's lightweight and versatile platform should open up several engine options. We expect to see a four- and six-cylinder gasoline engines along with electrified options down the road. European customers will likely have TDI options, but there's no chance of those making their way stateside.
We expect the new Touareg to officially debut later this year at one of the European shows. Stay tuned for the latest.
Photos by Brian Williams.