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The next-generation Volkswagen Touareg has been spied again, this time during cold weather testing.

It appears the large SUV is beginning to shed some of its disguise, with black-and-white camouflage replacing the thick black sheets that adorned previously-spotted prototypes, however, the second prototype does wear the thick black disguise.

The vehicle with the black-and-white wrap at the front and rear gives us a more clear indication of what the new Touareg will look like, thanks to the overall shape of the front and rear being more visible, along with the graphics of the LED signatures in the head- and tail-lights.

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From these images, it seems the Touareg’s design will be more of an evolution than revolution, with the familiar Volkswagen corporate grille design residing up front, while the curvy lines at the rear resemble the model currently on sale – though the tail-lights are far slimmer.

It also looks like the new SUV will borrow numerous styling cues from the T-Prime GTE concept from last year’s Beijing motor show, which was said to preview a flagship crossover for the German brand.

Under the skin, it’s likely the new Touareg will ride on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform for front- and all-wheel drive vehicles, which forms the basis of the new Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, and will also underpin upcoming models like the next-generation Porsche Cayenne.

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It’s unknown what will reside under the bonnet, though expect a range of turbocharged six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines to be offered, along with a possible entry-level four-cylinder unit.

Unlike the US-market Atlas, the Touareg isn’t expected to offer three rows of seating like the Audi Q7. However, the lack of a three-row SUV in other markets could lead Volkswagen to offer its flagship model with seven seats to compete with higher-spec versions of the Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9, along with the closely-related Q7, the BMW X5, and Range Rover Sport.

It’s still unknown when Volkswagen plans to reveal the new Touareg, though a debut sometime this year is likely.

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Should the reveal take place during this year, expect first deliveries in Europe to commence shortly after, with Australian models arriving in 2018.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Volkswagen Touareg updates over the coming months.

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