Volkswagen presents its restyled Touareg. As expected, the model evolves smoothly, with a headband at the back incorporating the brand’s backlit logo for the first time in Europe.
Last February, we discovered in the cold of Sweden the restyled Volkswagen Touareg, still under camouflage. A few months later, the brand revealed the production version. And unsurprisingly, the update is relatively light. It focuses on a few details such as the grille and the headlights or the tailgate.
The front face is indeed revised with a reworked shield and an enlarged grille, which extends a little more towards the headlights. These can be HD LED matrix, an even more advanced headlamp technology with 38,000 “interactive” LEDs that allow driving on high beam without dazzling other road users. This technology will be added to the rest of the range soon. At the rear, the change is even greater since a light strip connecting the lights appears on the tailgate. In the center is a red-illuminated logo, for the first time on a Volkswagen in Europe after being launched in China or the United States.
Few changes on board
On board, the restyled Touareg benefits from the standard Innovision Cockpit, which is made up of Digital Cockpit digital meters and the 15-inch Discover Pro Max infotainment system. Some adjustments have been made to voice control, HD navigation or even the level of quality with new, softer coverings on the center console. Finally, the USB-C ports have a charging power of 45 watts compared to 15 watts previously.
On the technical side, Volkswagen claims to have reworked the suspensions. Among the novelties, a roof load sensor, linked to the suspension electronics, which anticipates the reactions of the ESC to improve stability under load, or makes the SUV more dynamic than before when no load is detected.
Only rechargeable hybrid in France
In France, the Touareg is only offered with two rechargeable hybrid engines. The other supercharged petrol or diesel engines planned for other markets do not make the trip because of the potential ecological malus, knowing that the Touareg is in any case rather confidential with us. Orders will be open from June 15, in two versions. The entry-level “Elegance” is available in France from €86,300, with a V6 petrol PHEV delivering 381 hp. The sporty Touareg R eHybrid version is displayed from €102,200. Reviewed by Volkswagen R, it has 462 hp thanks to a gasoline V6, always associated with an electric motor and a XX kWh battery, while the eight-speed automatic transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive come standard.
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