New Volkswagen Touareg spied ahead of Spring 2017 reveal Best shots yet of Volkswagen new flagship SUV, influenced by T Prime concept and set to release in 2017 Volkswagen's growing SUV range will receive a new flagship in 2017 with the release of a new range topping Touareg, and our spy photographers have snapped the clearest glimpse at the big new VW SUV yet.
The Volvo XC60rival was previewed at last year's Beijing Motor Showwith the reveal of the T Prime concept, and our spy pictures reveal that the final production model will look fairly similar.The undisguised sides of the Touareg are extremely similar to the T Prime concept, and the light masking on the front and rear of the car means it's possible to gauge some of the styling details VW is still keeping under wraps. At the back, similar taillight clusters appear to be hidden underneath the zebra print, and while the car's full face is still difficult to pick out, the Touareg gets a pair of thinner headlight clusters.Best 4x4s and SUVs on sale right nowAuto Express had an exclusive tour of the T Prime concept, an imposing large four seat SUV, before its reveal at last year's Beijing show. It looks considerably wider and lower than the existing Touareg but seniorVolkswagensources told us then to expect the finished car not to change much."The wheelbase of the show car is anAudi Q7's," says Frank Thomas, VW's sales and marketing boss for full size vehicles, as we walk around the T Prime in a studio in Hamburg, "so we'll take a few millimetres out of the rear door length for the production car. If anything, we think the slightly shorter body makes the crease along the sides and the falling roofline look even more dramatic."The front end certainly doesn't lack drama, with a huge chrome plate grille, deep air intakes and aggressive running lights that actually stretch right across the base of the VW badge. At the rear, there are neat tail lights whose graphics reference the symbol often used to show a mobile phone's signal strength or, you could imagine, the amount of charge left in a plug in hybrid's batteries. The overall look is a more dynamic one than the current Touareg's particularly around the rear wheelarch, where there's a subtle blister to create a stronger shoulder line.Despite the switch of platforms, Thomas says VW will resist the temptation to offer the T Prime with a conventional four cylinder diesel engine. "Our experience is that customers want the extra relaxed performance of six cylinders," he says. "We'll start with a V6 diesel although we will also offer a V8 TDI at the top of the range."The Touareg will be offered with VW's 2.0 litre TFSI turbocharged four cylinder petrol motor in some markets notably China. louis vuitton bags 2014 collection But the same unit will also be paired with an electric motor to power the Touareg GTE, a plug in hybrid that can replenish its battery reserves by using a little more of the combustion engine's capacity, or travel for small distances on electric power alone. "We're thinking the pure EV range of the Touareg GTE has to be at least 50km (30 miles)," says Thomas.Inside, the T Prime's cabin is louis vuitton alma with strap a showcase for the future direction of Volkswagen interiors. The front is dominated by the huge touch screen mounted in the centre of the dashboard but angled towards the driver. It's a 15in display as large as many laptops, in fact and VW's engineers plan to use the increased desktop space to allow levels of configuration previously unseen on a car interface.Sitting inside the concept, it's clear that the switch to VW's MLB chassis technology has helped the packaging; even with the lower roofline and the show car's panoramic glass sunroof, there's plenty of headroom for six footers. "You sit very slightly lower than before," louis vuitton purses galleria dallas admits Thomas, "and that makes all the difference with the headroom."The rear cabin is laid out in a two seat format, with a large central tunnel between the pair of passengers and three more screens one each on the back of the front headrests, and a portrait oriented display low down near the centre console. The extra screens are not expected to make production "We think our customers would rather have strong 4G connectivity for their own devices like iPads and smartphones," says Thomas but while the four seat configuration will not be the Touareg's standard layout, it could yet appear later in the car's life."We are exploring the possibility of maybe a more luxurious version of the Touareg," says Thomas. "It is now the global VW flagship [privately, VW sources say the prices of high end, fully optioned editions could even crack the 80,000 mark] so maybe there is the chance to do a four seat version at louis vuitton shoes burlesque movie some point, even more focused on luxury, with even higher end materials and more complex stitching on the seats." There will not be a seven seat configuration, however.The Touareg will be sold across Europe and Asia, but there are doubts on whether it will make it to the United States. The production version of the next Touareg is likely to make its public debut this spring, with sales and deliveries to European markets, including the UK, starting in late summer or early autumn.So while most Touaregs will undoubtedly ship with a conventional central infotainment screen, possibly combined with VW's digital instrument panel, the T Prime's radical touch screen system will be offered, at least as an option. In hardware terms, it uses a 15in display that's angled towards the driver and could well be slightly curved in the final production model, in an attempt to reduce glare and reflections.It's the software that will bring the biggest revolution for VW owners. The huge desktop area can be completely tailored to the driver's tastes, prioritising the size and position of 'tiles' containing everything from sat nav instructions to audio information or the latest weather forecast. These 'tiles' can be moved around or even pulled or swiped across from the central screen to the active instrument panel.VW's software engineers are said to be evaluating whether customers want this level of smartphone interaction, or if they'd prefer a double tap or single tap to maximise windows.
Either way, a central button, permanently displayed at the base of the screen, will always allow users the security of returning to their saved home screen layout again, a feature borrowed from smartphones.The system won't be limited to one user, either. Different drivers will be able to bring up their own preferred layout, either through use of their own key or by selecting their 'user' at start up, much like during a computer login.
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