Volkswagen's push to take on the premium large SUV players in Australia has kicked up a notch, with the launch of the regular Touareg line-up.
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Volkswagen has introduced the most affordable model in its new Touareg range six months after $89,990 Launch Edition went on sale.

Priced from $79,490 before on roads, the base Volkswagen Touareg 190TDI is powered by the same 190kW and 600Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, eight-speed automatic transmission, and permanent all-wheel drive system used throughout the revised range.

With the Launch Edition coming off market, there's now a choice of two versions: the 190TDI or the high-spec 190TDI Premium, which is priced at $85,490 before on-roads.

As reported previously, standard 190TDI equipment includes black Vienna leather seats, front seat heating, 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and smartphone mirroring, an electric tailgate, and the full suite of driver assistance systems including all-speed autonomous emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, side assist, and lane assist.

The sole option of an $8000 Innovision Package for the base 190TDI adds a dual-screen cockpit blending a 15-inch infotainment touchscreen with a 12.3-inch instrument binnacle, along with a head-up display, 30-colour ambient lighting, a volume scroll wheel, and gloss black interior detailing.

The pack can also be optioned on the 190TDI Premium. Speaking of which, the extra $6000 involved in stepping up to the Premium and adds air suspension, 20-inch wheels, dynamic-function matrix LED headlights and indicators, headlight washers, higher-grade leather trim, seat ventilation, and front seat massage functionality.

Optional Sound & Comfort ($8000) and R-Line ($8000) packages, as well as a panoramic glass roof ($3000), can be added exclusively to the 190TDI Premium. The R-Line package adds all-wheel steering – a Volkswagen first – as well as electromechanical active roll stabilisation.

"It’s really pleasing that we can offer an expanded Touareg range and move closer to having a complete range of SUVs," Volkswagen Australia explained at the 190TDI local launch, confirming the hotly anticipated small T-Roc and compact T-Cross SUVs will arrive mid-year.

"Expanding the Touareg range brings us one step closer to our 'year of the SUV' in 2020."

2020 Volkswagen Touareg pricing

  • 190TDI - $79,490
  • 190TDI Premium - $85,490