More powerful, high-tech 2019 Volkswagen Touareg revealed

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Volkswagen officially launches next-ge Touareg, available in V6 and V8 guises

After a lengthy teaser campaign and being spotted by our spies on several occasions, Volkswagen has officially revealed the all-new Touareg in China. Sleeker, longer and more high-tech, the 2018 Touareg comes with a new exterior design, along with a premium cabin focused on delivering comfort to the driver and occupants.

Beginning with its design, the 2019 Touareg veers away from its rounded look. Unlike its predecessor, the all-new model features a bold design that comes with Volkswagen's new front fascia design. Its similar to the Arteon's looks and comes with full LED matrix headlights that each come with 128 individual LEDs.

Also receiving a posh redesign is its rear and now comes with sleek LED taillights, dual exhaust pipes finishers integrated into the bumper and a new tailgate. As for wheel sizes, the 2018 Touareg starts at 18-inches, and goes all the way to 21-inches.

In terms of size, the new Touareg measures 4878mm (+77) long, 1984mm (+44) wide and 1702mm (-7) tall. The bigger dimensions also allowed Volkswagen to increase its luggage capacity from 687 liters to 810 liters (with the rear bench seats up). Despite being bigger and longer, the all-new SUV is actually lighter thanks to the new MLB-Evo platform. This allowed Volkswagen to make the Touareg lighter by 106 kg thanks to extensive use of mixed materials that consist of aluminum and high-strength steel.

Open the doors and you are greeted by a lavish interior that is dominated by heaps of leather along with a massive 15-inch touchscreen infotainment display and 12-inch digital cockpit. Called Innovision Cockpit, it does away with traditional buttons for a more seamless and digital operation of in-car features.

Amenities available for the new Touareg are four-zone climate control system, heated / cooled front seats with massage function, a 730-watt 14-speaker Dynaudio sound system and a huge panoramic sunroof. It is also awash with high-tech safety features that ensure both the car and its occupants are safe from danger. These include Night Vision assistance, Roadwork Lane Assist, Front Cross Traffic Alert, active all-wheel steering and a heads-up display.

Under the hood, the 2019 Touareg will be available with a variety of six- and eight-cylinder engines. For its initial launch in Europe, it will come with two 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesels with different output ratings; 231 PS and 286 PS. This will then be followed by a gasoline V6 which puts out 340 PS and a turbo-diesel 4.0-liter V8 that musters 421 PS. There will also be a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version for the Chinese market that will produce 367 PS.

It is set to make arrive in world markets soon. Despite being smaller than the Atlas, the Touareg still serves as Volkswagen's flagship crossover.

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