We've been sent spy photos of the Volkswagen Touareg in the past. Just last month, VW engineers were spotted testing a heavily disguised camouflage undergoing cold weather testing.
This time around, it appears that Volkswagen has unwrapped the car and one brave photographer was able to see that car mostly, if not completely, uncovered. Photographed in South Africa, the car you see here is likely going through extreme heat testing. If the background looks familiar, this prototype is actually sitting beside the all-new Polo we reported last week.
Compared to the soon-to-be outgoing model, the all-new Touareg is more angular than the car it will be replacing. At the front are slim headlights which feature a distinct detail that was first seen in the Arteon. This design feature is an exposed piece of trim that defines the headlight elements. The trim just below the headlights kinks downwards to for the large grill.
Speaking of its grill, it adapts a larger version of the one seen in the Tiguan. A chrome bar adorns the top half while also gets a thick chrome trim piece. As for its design, it comes with an “egg-crate” look, as seen in new and upcoming Volkswagen models. The front is finished off with a pair of large, pentagon-shaped air intakes with silver slats.
Overall, the look of the car is faithful to the T-Prime GTE concept revealed during the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. While no photos of the rear are available, expect it to look like the ones featured in the concept car. As previously reported, the all-new Volkswagen Touareg will share its architecture with the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, Audi A4, the upcoming 2018 Porsche Cayenne, next-gen Audi A8 and Audi Q8.