The next-generation Volkswagen Touareg has been spotted again, this time undergoing cold weather trials. As before, we know that the upcoming Touareg will be based on the VW Group’s MLB Evo platform, which already underpins the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and the Audi Q7; the next SUV in the Group’s portfolio to use the MLB Evo basis will be the next Porsche Cayenne.

Here, the Touareg gains VW’s most recent design language, which translates to a wider and slightly more low-slung appearance as demonstrated on the VW Tiguan and to a lesser extent, the seven-seater Atlas for the American market. The new headlight design incorporates the LED DRLs in a strip along the lower edge of the lamp assembly to further emphasise the wider and lower appearance.

Around the back of the Touareg as with its front, tauter, more squared-off lines are applied to the exterior, though with a rear window that appears to have a steeper rake than that on the Atlas. Tail lamp design is still concealed by the foil, however it could adopt a similar look to those of its recent SUV siblings. As with the headlamps, the tail lights could be LED units as well.

To recap, the use of the MLB Evo platform allows the upcoming VW Touareg to benefit from recent developments, including significant weight savings which, in the case of the Audi Q7, saw the shedding of up to 325 kg. The platform also caters for new levels of electrification, including a 48V electrical architecture, as well as provisions for a plug-in hybrid powertrain; the new Touareg is expected to debut later this year.