Volkswagen reveals redesigned 2019 Touareg in Chinaby Justin King
The tech-focused cockpit features a 12-inch instrument display and a 15-inch infotainment system.
Volkswagen has revealed the 2019 Touareg in Beijing, "making a statement" by staging the world premiere in the company's largest market.
The all-new SUV transitions to a more streamlined profile, slightly shorter yet growing by around three inches in length and nearly two inches in width. Despite its larger size, the redesigned model sheds a few hundred pounds.
The focal point of the new Touareg can be found inside, where VW has introduced its "Innovision Cockpit" with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster beside an enormous 15-inch infotainment system.
The flagship SUV also boasts VW's latest safety and assistance technologies including a thermal imaging camera, head-up display, semi-automated steering and lane keeping, LED matrix headlights and front cross-traffic assist.
Engineers have upgraded the chassis with active all-wheel steering -- "makes the Touareg handle like a compact car," VW says -- and a new roll stabilization system with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars.
The redesigned SUV will initially launch with two diesel engines, ranging from 231 PS (228 HP) to 286 PS (282 HP), followed by a gasoline V6 with 340 PS (335 HP) and a turbodiesel V8 with 421 PS (415 HP). A plug-in hybrid powertrain is being prepared for China with 367 PS (362 HP).
There was no mention of a US-market offering in the press release. It is unclear if the new Touareg will eventually be brought to American shores or simply replaced by the five-seat Atlas that will make its debut later this month in New York.
Americans have continued to flock to SUVs, however the Touareg experienced a 16-percent sales decline last year. The Tiguan outsold its larger sibling by a 10-to-one margin in 2017.