Volkswagen has launched its most technologically advanced SUV in South Africa - the third-generation Touareg.
The BMW X5 rival is larger than ever, measuring in at 4,878mm long, 1,984mm wide and 1,702mm high, and rides on the same platform as the Audi Q8, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus. Extensive use of aluminium in the construction of the luxury SUV has meant a 106kg drop in weight, but up to 810 litres of space inside the boot thanks to the SUV’s longer and wider dimensions.
The interior is dominated by what Volkswagen calls its new ‘Innovision’ cockpit. The digital instrument panel is a 12-inch screen and the infotainment system gets a 15-inch display. As a result, VW says that designers and engineers have worked hard to try and get rid of as many buttons from the dashboard as possible. From the inside, it also features the largest panoramic roof ever fitted to a Volkswagen, measuring 1,270mm long and 825mm wide.
The luxury SUV also boasts the latest safety and assistance technologies including a thermal imaging camera, head-up display, semi-automated steering and lane keeping, front cross-traffic assist, active 4-wheel steering, 'IQ. Light Matrix LED headlights' and an optional Night Vision assistance system. In fact, the Touareg is launching with the largest range of assistance, handling and comfort systems ever to be integrated into a Volkswagen.
South Africa only gets two derivatives – Luxury and Executive - both being powered by the same 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 with 190kw and 600nm – up from 180kw and 550nm in its predecessor. The motor is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system as standard.
And yes, and Volkswagen’s sporty R-Line package is one again available on the Touareg as part of the Executive specification. The size of the alloy wheels now starts at 18 inches instead of 17-inches and ends with the 21-inch format. The Touareg comes standard with a 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan and a 3-year/120 000km warranty.
Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI Luxury R999 800
Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI Executive R1 088 200