Volkswagen is working on a major facelift for the current Touareg, the current generation of which was presented in 2018. For the Netherlands, this facelift is as important as news about a Touareg can be, because the renewal means the return of the somewhat remarkable top model in our country. A day before the presentation of the revised Touareg, we receive a kind of teaser video from Volkswagen via Twitter, although this image explores the limits of what you can still call a teaser. After all, on the ‘screenshots’ posted above, we see the renewed Volkswagen Touareg in full regalia, albeit still a bit dark. What stands out then? The whole nose is being overhauled, but not in a radical way. The combination of headlights and grille, which is considerably higher in the centre, takes on a somewhat different shape and interpretation, not least due to the arrival of the IQ LED matrix headlights and continuous light bar that we already know from other Volkswagens. A new fence starts almost immediately under that grille, although it is largely fake and equipped with striking horizontal and vertical bars. Illuminated logo A light bar also appears at the back, because that is what the dictator called fashion is currently imposing on the car world. Nevertheless, this light bar is still unique, because, to our knowledge, Volkswagen is the first brand that dares to introduce an illuminated logo in Europe. That is allowed, we discovered last year, provided that the emblem is ‘within the surface of the lighting’. That seems to be the case with the Touareg, since the logo is placed in line with the light bar. It is therefore positioned somewhat lower than the old, unlit logo. The shape of the outer parts of the light units does not seem to change much. The ‘license plate canopy’, which is placed directly below it, also survives the facelift. Even the rear bumper of the Volkswagen Touareg seems to come off unscathed. There was already one continuous red stripe here, albeit in reflector form. Volkswagen Touareg pre-facelift (above). Strange position The Volkswagen Touareg is a somewhat strange model, because it is the only large SUV with premium aspirations from a ‘mainstream’ car brand. It is therefore not a direct competitor for the Kia Sorento and the Telluride, which is not available here, or for example the Toyota Highlander, but a much more expensive model that competes with the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, among others. That is quite unusual, especially since the Volkswagen Group already has such a model with the Audi Q7. To top it all off, the Touareg is mainly fed in Europe and therefore not in North America and China. There and in many other countries another model is available, which is called Atlas or Teramont depending on the region. That car is bigger, more spacious and cheaper than the Touareg. Volkswagen will turn on the lights in the room where the modified Touareg is located on May 24, tomorrow.
Source: AutoWeek by www.autoweek.nl.
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