Although it’s still early for any mid-cycle updates, the next year is about to bring a lot of interesting things when it comes to mid-size crossover. The 2021 VW Touareg is about to come with a new, PHEV option that will be a great alternative for all those who look for something efficient but also more refined than diesel versions that are currently most popular among buyers of this SUV.
The current generation has been around for a couple of years, so it seems natural to expect the same overall design. The new plug-in hybrid model may come with a couple of distinctive details, but the overall design will remain the same. Therefore, count on the same layout that shares a lot of thins with premium corporal siblings. This model rides on the same platform as Porsche Cayenne or Audi Q7 and shares most of the mechanics. On the other side, it comes with its own styling. It’s pretty much at the same level of luxury, as the interior looks pretty impressive and comes with the latest tech goodies you would expect to see from a luxury SUV.
Thanks to the new hybrid version, the number of powertrain options will come up to five, which sounds pretty impresive. We presume that the new model will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2021 VW Touareg R Plug-in Hybrid
The new PHEV model will come as the 2021 VW Touareg R and it will come with a pretty powerful and efficient powertrain. The new system is based on a familiar 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine, which is good for about 335 horsepower. The engine will come in pair with a quite potent electric motor that delivers 134 horsepower. The combined output goes all-away up to 456 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, so it’s expected that the 0-60 time will go under five seconds.
The new 2021 VW Touareg R won’t be just fast, it will also be pretty efficient, while a 14.1-kWh battery pack will ensure a decent all-electric range. It will go around 30 miles, while the top speed in this mode will go around 87 miles per hour.
2021 VW Touareg Engines
While the new hybrid model is about to bring some pretty amazing novelties, the rest of the lineup is expected to carry on in the same way. This means you may count on four familiar engine options. This SUV comes with just one gasoline engine in the offer, a familiar 3.0-liter V6 with around 335 horsepower.
On the other side, there are three diesel options you can pick. The base version uses a 3.0-liter V6 TDI with around 230 horsepower. That’s a quite decent amount of power but a 282-hp version of the same engine seems like a much better pick. Driving dynamics are much better, which differences in mpg ratings are minimal.
Finally, there is a mighty 4.0-liter V8 TDI. This turbodiesel delivers some pretty serious numbers, as the max output goes around 416 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you may count on a 0-60 time in about 4.8 seconds. At the same time, fuel economy remains at a reasonable level and goes around 22 miles per gallon in a combined ride.
2021 VW Touareg Redesign
The thing we like about this SUV very much is its exterior design. It doesn’t have many things in common with the rest of VW lineup, but comes with a pretty exclusive front face, with a massive chrome grille that provides that premium feel. The whole vehicle looks very luxurious. Also, the 2021 VW Touareg will carry on with the same mechanics. The chassis setup is pretty similar to models like Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, while suspension stands somewhere in the middle, between these two design approaches.
Bigger changes aren’t about to come on the inside either. The 2021 VW Touareg will carry on with the same styling, which is simple but elegant and features quality that is on part with premium-branded counterparts. With this model, Touareg definitely entered the premium segment. That becomes obvious when you take a look at the dashboard design. Besides great overall quality, it is highlighted by a large touchscreen at the center stack, as well as by an even more impressive 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, better known as the digital cockpit. The vehicle measures around 114.2 inches in wheelbase, so the amount of legroom is pretty generous.
Release Date and Price
While the new 2021 VW Touareg R might arrive a little bit earlier, the rest of the lineup is expected to come in a typical time of year, sometime in the last quarter. The price of this SUV goes in a pretty wider range, and basic models start around 46.000 British pounds in the UK market. In continental Europe, base models go around 60.000 EUR.