Facelifted Volkswagen Touareg
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Facelifted Volkswagen Touareg breaks cover

Boasting a new hybrid R halo model, bold exterior tweaks and upgraded tech, the facelifted Volkswagen Touareg promises all the VW goodness in 2024


Facelifted Volkswagen Touareg
Image via Instagram @volkswagensouthafrica

The facelifted Volkswagen Touareg has been revealed ahead of its 2024 debut, and as you would expect from the maker of some of the finest “people’s cars” in the world, it has nailed the brief.

In fact, the only thing wrong with the Volkswagen Touareg – now comfortably into its third generation – is that it still has too many vowels in its name to ever look correctly spelt. Of course, we jest.  

Built in Slovakia, the facelifted Volkswagen Touareg lives alongside its illustrious Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne brethren that share a VW platform. Many will argue, however, that it is the VW that offers the best value for money next to the top-dollar Porker and button-up Audi.

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As you see from these pictures, the exterior gets a new-look grille that grins wider than the Joker on Thanksgiving. Regular Luxury and Executive versions will be finished with a suitably elegant chrome look, while the R-line package pictured here has an attention-grabbing black finish which transforms the aesthetic of the vehicle. The Black package was introduced on the existing Touareg in SA a few years back and proved hugely popular, so we see no reason when the R-line won’t be the one to have come 2024. 

Volkswagen has increased the size of the air ducts in the lower section of the front bumper for a more menacing look as well as improve cooling. It also sports reworked headlamps with the option of Volkswagen’s IQ.Light HD matrix LED technology, which boasts 19 216 micro LEDs per headlight.

To complete the exterior upgrade, at the rear, there is a new single-piece light bar that runs across the tailgate to complement new taillight signatures. And that logo on the rear is illuminated when you option the IQ.Light HD package – this is a first for a Volkswagen sold in Europe. Four new wheel designs include 19-inch ‘Coventry’, 20-inch ‘Braga’, and 21-inch ‘Napoli’ and ‘Leeds’ designs.

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When we turn our attention to the interior, the facelifted Touareg adopts the firm’s Innovision Cockpit with 12-inch instrument and 15-inch infotainment displays living side by side.

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a given, but software upgrades and enhanced functionality bring more advanced HD maps and satellite navigation, as well as new voice control system technology – presumably to help work around the fiddly haptic-feedback buttons that have not been done away with, sadly. 

USB-C ports (does anybody use these?) have been upgraded from 15 watts to 45 watts for faster recharging times of electronic devices and there’s a new ambient lighting effect to keep you entertained when you cruise the streets at night.

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This is where the facelifted Touareg story gets interesting, because – although not yet confirmed – we’re expecting to see a high-performance, plug-in hybrid Touareg R when it is introduced in 2024. This long-awaited addition of hybridity will live alongside the popular and versatile 190 kW V6 turbodiesel that’s currently in use locally.

On its home turf of Europe – but not necessarily destined for SA – the facelifted Volkswagen Touareg has been confirmed with five engines, all paired to a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive. These include a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with 250 kW that would not go amiss locally.

Facelifted Volkswagen Touareg
Image via Instagram @volkswagensouthafrica

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Yes, it is, the German car maker has updated its existing plug-in hybrid system – to combine the aforementioned 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol engine with a gearbox-mounted electric motor to provide a total system output of 280 kW in the Touareg eHybrid.

In the more powerful Touareg R you’ll see 340 kW from the eHybrid system, which promises a zero to 100km/h sprint in 5.1 seconds and a limited 250km/h top speed. Both plug-in hybrid models use a 14.1 kWh battery.

Volkswagen is yet to confirm electric driving range on battery alone. Nor has Volkswagen SA confirmed if the eHybrid tech will feature in South Africa in 2024. Although, looking at the growing uptake of new-energy vehicles locally, we think it’s a no-brainer if the asking price is not exorbitant for customers.

Stay tuned for further details, including pricing, closer to launch.