Despite the hefty cladding on the front of the prototype, we can see that the new Touareg features a larger grille than the current model. The headlights sport a strip of LED driving lights along the bottom and a thinner set of orange LED indicators across the top.
Despite the new underpinnings, the Touareg's design will be evolutionary. This is most evident along the sides, which feature similar shapes and forms to today's car, including a bulge over the rear wheel arch.
Under the skin, the Touareg is said to use the Volkswagen Group's MLB platform for front- and all-wheel drive cars with longitudinal engines. As such, it will share many of its components with the latest Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga.
Despite its smaller dimensions, the Touareg looks likely to once again be positioned as a more premium product, while the CrossBlue-inspired SUV will be more affordably priced and attuned to needs of the typical US family.
Volkswagen's Australian arm is reportedly keen on adding the CrossBlue to its local lineup, but the seven-seat SUV has yet to be confirmed for right-hand drive production.
Given the current Touareg made its debut back in 2010, expect the next-generation SUV to go on sale - in major overseas markets at least - sometime during 2017.