The new Volkswagen Touareg is here, but it won’t be coming to North America.
Volkswagen unveiled their all-new, third generation Touareg SUV in China, signaling to the Chinese government the importance of their largest market. According to Volkswagen, 1 million Touaregs have been built to date, and many of them have gone on to be purchased by Chinese consumers.
According to Autoblog, the latest 2019 Touareg is a tour de force of advanced technologies which is immediately apparent as soon as you get behind the wheel. Staring right at the driver’s face is an enormous 12-inch LCD instrument screen that can be customized to display whatever information the driver wants besides the whole gas and speedo thing. Right beside it is an even more massive 15-inch infotainment LCD screen where things like wireless connectivity and music can be fiddled with.
There are very few buttons to be found in the Touareg’s cockpit. There are dials on the elbow rest and a few buttons on the wheel, but everything else is smooth glass.
The new Touareg also premieres Volkswagen's Innovision Cockpit, which the German automaker says will “adapt” to the drivers and passengers.
"This opens up a world in which the driver and onboard guests no longer have to adapt to the car; rather the car adapts to them,” reads the company’s press release. “Like a new smartphone, the Volkswagen is set up and tuned to personal needs."
Volkswagen declined to explain further, but it sounds freaky.
The new Touareg also comes with a suite of standard safety features, like lane keeping, Front Cross-Traffic Assist, and automatic high beams, as well as a few new features like a windscreen Heads Up Display and Night Vision assistance.
That last one is actually an infrared camera that detects objects in front of the car at night. Volkswagen didn’t say whether it’d automatically brake, but it makes sense to have that thermal camera display on one of the LCD screens.
There’s a lineup of five engines to choose from: two V6 diesels with 228 hp and 282 hp, a V6 gas engine with 335 hp, a V8 turbo diesel with 415 hp, and a plug-in hybrid with 362 hp between the electric motor and the gasoline one.
So far, the hybrid will go on sale in China only, but a European release date is expected. None of these fabulous options will come to America, once again proving that Volkswagen doesn’t like those across the pond anymore.