The expanded Touareg line-up arrives during the fourth quarter with two trim levels and a wider range of options.
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The 2020 Touareg range has been detailed by Volkswagen's local division, ahead of a sales launch in late October or early November 2019.

Currently limited to one trim level and limited options, the MY20 Touareg will be split into two variants with three available option packages depending on grade, along with additional colour choices inside and out.

The price of entry will also be dropped by a significant $10,000, with the 2020 Volkswagen Touareg 190TDI to be priced from $79,490 plus on-road costs when it lands early in the fourth quarter.

Standard equipment includes black Vienna leather seats with heated front pews, four USB ports scattered throughout the cabin, 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a 9.2-inch 'Discover Pro' navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an electric tailgate with easy open/close, and the full suite of driver assistance systems including all-speed autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, Side Assist and Lane Assist.

Compared to the MY19 Launch Edition, the 'base' 190TDI misses out on kit like IQ. Matrix LED headlights, higher-grade leather upholstery, ventilated and massaging seats, and air suspension.

To get those things you'll need to step up to the 190TDI Premium, which will kick off at $85,490 plus on-road costs.

Additional specification includes the aforementioned IQ. Matrix LED headlights, four-corner air suspension, 'Savona' leather (a higher grade than nappa, apparently), front seats with ventilation and massaging functions, larger 20-inch alloys, and the new option of the 'Mistral' light interior colourway. Currently, only black is available on the launch model.

Several option packages will be offered, though only the Premium can be fully specified. Both the 190TDI and 190TDI Premium are available with the same $8000 Innovision Package as the Launch Edition, adding the 12.3-inch Active Info Display, a massive 15.0-inch central infotainment system, a colour head-up display, extended configurable ambient interior lighting with 30 colour options, illuminated stainless steel scuff plates, gloss-black and silver trim for the centre console, and Media Control.

The 190TDI Premium is also available with the Sound and Comfort Package ($8000), which includes the Memory Pack for seats and mirrors (currently standard on Launch Edition), 360-degree 'Area View' camera system, four-zone climate control, and heated rear seats.

Finally, the Premium can be had with the R-Line Package ($8000) for those wanting a sportier look. This option includes R-Line appointments for the exterior and interior, four-wheel steering, active sway bars, and different 20-inch 'Nevada' alloy wheels.

Other single-item options include a panoramic sunroof ($3000), and metallic paint ($2000). Speaking of the paint, there's three new options – silver, red, and a different blue to the Launch Edition's current "Reef Blue' offering.

The company says the new light interior option for the Premium along with the three additional paint options give customers more choice in personalising their vehicle, something that is desirable in the premium segments.

All versions of the Touareg will soldier on with the existing 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel shared with six-cylinder versions of the Amarok ute, making 190kW at 4000rpm and 600Nm at 2250rpm. Drive is sent to a rear-biased (40:60) 4Motion all-wheel drive system with a Torsen self-locking rear differential, via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Volkswagen says it is looking into additional engine options for its flagship SUV, namely the cleaner Euro 6-certified 170kW and 210kW 3.0 TDI V6 diesels the brand has promised previously – though delays caused by Europe's new WLTP emissions regulations have pushed back those powertrains for at least a year, according to VW.

The revised Touareg range goes on sale around November. Note: Touareg Launch Edition shown.

2020 Volkswagen Touareg pricing

  • 190TDI - $79.490
  • 190TDI Premium - $85,490

Options

  • Innovision Package - $8000 (190TDI, 190TDI Premium)
  • Sound and Comfort Package - $8000 (190TDI Premium)
  • R-Line Package - $8000 (190TDI Premium)
  • Panoramic sunroof - $3000 (190TDI Premium)
  • Metallic paint - $2000 (190TDI, 190TDI Premium)

All prices exclude on-road costs