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The wait is over for Volkswagen Touareg "3"

The wait is over for Volkswagen Touareg "3"

Order books for the third generation Volkswagen Touareg are now open!

Initially offered with a 286 PS 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine. Later in the year (Q4), a lower output 231 PS version of the same power unit will be available, we will see later the range-topping 340 PS 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine.

The initial offering - 286 PS 3.0 V6 TDI engine, reaches 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 146 mph.

The 286 PS 3.0 V6 TDI with its peak torque of 600 Nm, shows off it’s towing capability. The new Touareg is capable towing braked trailer weights of up to 3.5 tonnes.

4MOTION is standard and is paired to an eight-gear automatic Tiptronic gearbox with ‘shift by wire'.

Somewhat surprisingly, China will have a plug-in hybrid with 367 PS but details for a Europe version have not yet been announced.

Three trim levels: SEL, R-Line and new R-Line Tech make up Touaregs' spec pack levels

A new Innovision Cockpit option is available. The 12” Active Info Display merges with the 15” TFT touchscreen of the new Discover Premium infotainment system, this combination produces a new digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit.

The Innovision Cockpit is an interactive interface where information and settings of all essential comfort, assist and infotainment systems converge in a simple-to-use matrix.

Touareg features new assistance systems such as Night Vision, Traffic Jam and Roadwork Lane Assist, Front Cross-Traffic Assist, active all-wheel steering and a new roll stabilisation system with electromechanical anti-roll bars.

Touareg models now benefit from a new flexible rear seat system. The rear seats can be moved forward by 160mm to give more boot space.

An optional panoramic sliding roof is the largest yet offered by Volkswagen at 1,270 mm long and 825 mm wide. The front half can be continuously opened and moved back by almost half a metre.

Prices start from £51,595.00 for the SEL, £55,095.00 for the R Line and £58,195.00 for the R-Line Tech.

Drag race: BMW v Mercedes v Porsche

Drag race: BMW v Mercedes v Porsche

Polestar 2 with 350-mile range and £30,000 starting price.

Polestar 2 with 350-mile range and £30,000 starting price.