2022 VW Touareg Preview: Specs, Features, Release Date

The current generation of VW’s most luxurious crossover has been around for a while but it looks like we won’t see bigger changes for the 2022 VW Touareg. Instead, we are about to see a familiar layout, which has been introduced a few years ago. The only market where this SUV is about to come with novelties is Australia. Drivers from Down Under will finally get the opportunity to drive the high-performance R-badged version.

All in all, you may count on familiar design characteristics. This SUV has so many good things to offer, starting from a well-designed cabin, which features impressive build quality and lots of space. We also like the comfortable ride, as well as a pretty wide engine lineup.

As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2022 VW Touareg will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.

2022 VW Touareg

2022 VW Touareg Design

As we’ve just mentioned, base design characteristics shouldn’t change for the 2022 VW Touareg. The current generation has been around for a while and it made a significant departure from the previous model. The new generation is far more luxurious and shares most of its parts with premium players like Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne etc. It rides on a familiar MLB platform and we particularly like its ride quality. Air suspension is standard and makes this SUV incredibly comfortable.

Visually, it’s easy to say that this is a Volkswagen. It features a familiar design language, which is rather simple and conservative than flashy. Some luxury SUVs may look fancier, but the Touareg will definitely age better. For the next year, we don’t expect to see changes, though there is always room for minor updates like new color options, new wheels and similar things.

Interior

This has always been one of Touareg’s strongest points and the 2022 VW Touareg won’t be an exception. You may count on a familiar layout, which has so many good things to offer, starting from the excellent interior quality. The materials are really nice, while the build quality is excellent. Furthermore, there is a long list of tech features, which make this interior look even more upscale. Things like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster are on the list of standard equipment.

2022 VW Touareg Interior

Besides solid quality, the 2022 VW Touareg interior will also continue to deliver a high level of practicality and functionality. The cabin is really spacious and comes standard with three rows of seats. The first two rows are very generous with space and feature massive and comfortable space. The third row is a little bit tighter, but still quite useful. The cargo volume is decent too.

2022 VW Touareg Engines

The engine lineup will remain pretty much the same for the next year. We are about to see familiar powertrain options on the offer, starting from a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. While this is a quite decent engine, we believe that most drivers would rather pick a bigger 3.0-liter V6, with a max output of 340 horsepower. The same engine is available in a hybridized variant, with a total output of 381 horsepower.

On many markets, good-old TDI engines are also available. The offer starts with a 3.0-liter V6, which puts out around 230 horsepower. There is also a more powerful variant of the engine, with a max out of 286 horses. A large 4.0-liter TDI has been discontinued.

2022 VW Touareg R

Of course, there is the high-performance 2022 VW Touareg R, which will hit Australian roads for the first time. In other markets, it has become a common thing. This version comes with all kinds of upgrades, but the biggest one is a new powertrain. This model uses a plug-in hybrid setup, based on a 3.0-liter V6 engine, which comes in pair with a 136-hp electric motor. The total output goes up to 462 horsepower, which is enough power to move this large SUV from zero to sixty in just five seconds. The top speed is electronically limited at 250km/h.

As we’ve just mentioned, this is a plug-in hybrid setup. The system also includes a pretty big 14.1-kWh battery pack, which ensures an all-electric range of 46 kilometers. Besides the powertrain, this version also comes with upgrades regarding suspension, brakes, styling etc.

2022 VW Touareg R
Touareg R

2022 VW Touareg Release Date

There are no bigger changes to come for the 2022 VW Touareg. Therefore, expect it will hit the market sometime late in the year.

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