2016 VW Touareg

This mid-size luxury crossover originally came in 2002 and it was instantly very well accepted by the crowd. With great sales results, it quickly became one of the company’s most important models. So far, we have seen three generations of it and it seems that next-generation model won’t come before late 2017. Meanwhile, company did a mid-cycle refresh last year, which includes improved look, new and upgraded hi-tech features, some new safety features and many other. Since 2016 VW Touareg will come only year after this big refresh, we don’t expect big changes, so it will pretty much be a carryover.

2016 VW Touareg front view

2016 VW Touareg specs

As we said, 2016 Touareg will share pretty much all of the characteristics with current model. It will ride on the same PL71 platform, which is also used for models like Audi Q7 or Porsche Cayenne. When it is about exterior look, it received several changes last year. Those changes aren’t so big, but are good enough to give more presence and refreshed look. It features new bi-xenon headlights, which are standard for all models, a redesigned grille, new bumper, redesigned exhaust tips, fog lights, new-styled wheels etc. When it is about interior, changes are barely noticeable. There are only some restyled knobs and other controls, while rest remains pretty much unchanged.

2016 VW Touareg interior

2016 VW Touareg engine

When it is about engines, 2016 VW Touareg will remain pretty much unchanged. The standard model will come with 3.6 liter TSI V6 gasoline engine, which outputs 280 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of max torque. The same engine is available in combination with electric motor. This whole configuration outputs 380 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. The 2016 VW Touareg will be also available in diesel variant. This version will be powered by 3.0 liter V6 TDI engine, which has 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of twist. All models come with 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.

2016 VW Touareg rear view

2016 VW Touareg release date, price and competition

The 2016 VW Touareg is expected to come by the end of year. Some bigger price changes aren’t expected, so it should go around 46.000 dollars for the standard petrol model, while hybrid will start around 66.000 dollars. Models like Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 are considered as main competitors.