The Volkswagen Touareg is the next in line to debut on the Volkswagen Group’s new MLB Evo platform, which underpins the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, and the upcoming Porsche Cayenne which has been spied testing. Significant weight savings can be expected for the Touareg with its new platform, which helped its Q7 stablemate shed up to 325 kg.
Key benefits of the new MLB Evo platform is the possibility of new powertrains, particularly electric and plug-in hybrid configurations. The Touareg’s powertrain lineup isn’t confirmed yet, however similarities on that front can be drawn between the upcoming model and the Audi Q7 which is already on sale.
For reference, the Audi has a model range comprised of a 272 hp 600 Nm 3.0 TDI V6, a 333 hp 440 Nm 3.0 TFSI V6, and a plug-in diesel hybrid called the Q7 e-tron quattro that combines a 258 hp 3.0 TDI V6 with a 126 hp electric motor for a combined system output of 373 hp and 700 Nm; a full battery charge gives the Audi Q7 a maximum battery-only range of 56 km.
Despite the similarities, the Touareg sits below the Audi Q7 in the greater VW Group hierarchy, which means that the VW Touareg can be expected to be priced lower than the Q7’s starting price of 61,000 euros when the Audi was launched in Germany last year. The VW Touareg’s debut is expected to take place in 2017.