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Spied: 2019 Volkswagen Touareg begins testing


Volkswagen prepares the third-generation Touareg

Volkswagen continues to develop, and roll out, all-new cars riding on their latest modular platform. This time around, our spies caught the third-generation Volkswagen Touareg testing in the snow. The next-gen Touareg will be utilizing the MLB Evo II platform which sees service in some Audi models and will underpin future vehicles from the Volkswagen Group.

In terms of size, the all-new Touareg will sit below the recently unveiled Atlas, Volkswagen's full-size crossover for North America, China and Russia. In terms of positioning however, it will carry a premium over the Atlas as the Touareg moves upmarket. The 2019 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.


The front, while still heavily disguised, shows hints of Volkswagen's current design language. The photo shows a wide, two bar grill, similar to that in the all-new Tiguan. Headlights are still covered but expect it to follow that brand's corporate look. Looking through the covers however and we see LED daytime running lights and projector headlights.

Unusual for a test prototype is the lack of covers on its side, giving us a good look of its profile. Noticeable is the character line on the car's shoulder line. Its side mirrors meanwhile are rounded off, similar to the current model. The window line reveals it slightly pointing upwards to the rear, like the one in the second-generation Touareg.

Like the front, the rear end is covered up and hides all the significant details. It is possible that it will follow the look of either the Atlas or the Tiguan for its tail light design. We do, however, see an integrated tailgate spoiler.

As for engines, expect a range of turbocharged gas and diesel models. A plug-in hybrid is also in the works. With Volkswagen headed towards electrification, it is likely that a fully-electric model may be revealed soon.

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