Volkswagen is getting ready to add a petrol-powered V6 engine to its Touareg line-up, according to reports from Europe.
At the moment, the Volkswagen flagship is offered with two diesel options, the most powerful of which produces 210kW of power and 600Nm of torque. The 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol, which was promised at launch, ups the power output to 250kW. It's due to arrive in the UK during the middle of 2019, but Volkswagen Australia has confirmed there are "no plans" for the engine at this point.
Power is put to the road through all four wheels and an eight-speed automatic transmission, for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.9 seconds. That's pretty sprightly for what is a very big four-wheel drive.
In Australia, a 190kW version of the 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel we already know from the Amarok has been confirmed, while a V8 turbo-diesel is high on the wish list.
Late in 2019, it'll be joined by the 170kW and 210kW diesel engines offered overseas. We're expecting more details on the car's spec later this week, so stay tuned.
Regardless of engine, the new Touareg will be something of a tech showcase for Volkswagen. All models come with a new 9.2-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation and digital radio, but range-topping models will be fitted with a massive 15-inch central touchscreen and the latest take on Volkswagen's 12.3-inch Active Info Display.
On the safety front, we know the Touareg will be offered with high-speed autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and front/rear cross-traffic alert.
There's also the same emergency assist system as the Arteon, which can detect when the driver is incapacitated and pull to the side of the road, before informing emergency services.
An optional thermal image camera at the front can detect infrared radiation from living things. If it detects people or animals, the assistant warns the driver.
The new Touareg will likely be pricier than before, especially once you start dipping into the tech options.
The outgoing car starts at $74,990 and runs to $85,490. The base new car will most likely start in the $80k range. We don’t know all pricing and spec details yet, but more details are likely to surface within the next few weeks...