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The original Volkswagen SUV might not return to our shores.

Volkswagen has confirmed its range-topping Touareg won't return for the 2018 model year. The news hardly comes as a surprise. Motor Trend reports Volkswagen sold just 1,630 examples of its original SUV during the fast half of this year, a 26-percent drop compared to 2016. It's showing its age, and it has to fend off competition from considerably more modern rivals like the Lexus RX.

What remains to be seen is whether the Touareg will return. Enthusiast website VW Vortex asked the company's North American division and couldn't get an answer.

A brand-new Touareg has already entered its final phase of testing. It will make its official debut either this fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show, or next spring at the Geneva Auto Show. Recent spy shots hint at an evolutionary design that falls in line with the German company's latest styling language. Its dimensions and its overall proportions won't change drastically, however.

Under the sheet metal will be a brand-specific version of the MLB platform found under the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga, among other cars. The shift will make the new model lighter than its predecessor. It'll be more tech-focused, too. Add in some form of electrification - which is more than likely - and it could be the perfect flagship for Volkswagen of America.

Only time will tell if the Touareg is dead for good. Our advice to motorists hoping to put a new Touraeg in their garage is to act fast. The last 2017 models sitting on dealer lots carry a base price of $50,405.
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