VW’s flagship SUV left the North American market because it was too upscale for the badge it wears. In the rest of the world, it’s still doing pretty well, as it offers the Q7 level of quality at a more affordable price. The current generation has been around since 2018 and it looks like it is time for updates. At this point, we don’t know the details, but rumors suggest a facelift. The 2023 VW Touareg should arrive sometime in the second half of the next year.
As we’ve just mentioned, this update is yet to be confirmed and if it’s about to come, we presume that most of the changes will be visual ones. We expect to see updates in terms of the exterior styling, while the interior design might get some novelties as well. On the other hand, the engine lineup probably won’t change.
Considering the expected mid-cycle refresh, the 2023 VW Touareg may arrive already in the third quarter of 2022.
2023 VW Touareg Design
When it comes to the 2023 VW Touareg design, the biggest changes will be those in terms of aesthetics. Like any other mid-cycle update, this one will also put the focus on visual appeal, to make the car more attractive. However, these changes won’t be significant. Simply, this company doesn’t practice big changes during the production cycle and to be honest, this SUV doesn’t need them at all. It still looks fresh and very attractive. So, we are pretty sure that we will see only minor tweaks in areas like grille, bumpers and similar things. Of course, new color options and wheels are expected too.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect shouldn’t change at all. This model rides on VW’s premium platform, known as MLB, and it shares most of its parts with models like Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne etc. The ride quality is great, which is no wonder considering that this SUV comes standard with aid suspension, all-wheel drive and many other premium features.
On the inside, things feel even more impressive. VW interiors are known for great build quality and this model goes way beyond that. It features plenty of high-end materials, while the amount of tech and convenience features is impressive. All this makes Touareg look as upscale as its more famous siblings. That’s why we are pretty sure that the 2023 VW Touareg won’t feature many changes. The overall layout will remain the same, but there is always room for things like new color schemes and materials.
The rest of the cabin will remain the same. This SUV features three rows of seats and while the third row is typically tight for the class, the first two rows are very generous with space and offer an impressive level of comfort.
Naturally, this update could bring a couple of novelties to the list of standard equipment. However, we don’t expect much in this aspect, considering that the current version already comes with plenty of features. Things like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster are standard, while you can even get a massive 15-inch infotainment screen in more expensive variants.
Also, a high-spec version like the Touareg R comes with a plethora of exclusive features. For example, there are goodies like ‘Puglia’ perforated leather seats with R stitching, heated and ventilated front seats, 22-inch alloy wheels, performance brakes, keyless entry, LED headlights, ambient interior lighting etc.
2023 VW Touareg Engines
This aspect of the vehicle definitely won’t change. We are about to see four powertrain options, starting from a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, which puts out 231 horsepower. The same engine is available in a more powerful variant with 286 horsepower.
For petrolheads, there is a 3.0-liter V6 TSI, which puts out 340 horsepower and offers pretty impressive performance. Finally, the R model comes with plug-in hybrid setups. This setup also uses the V6 petrol engine, which comes in a combination with a single electric motor, for a total output of 462 horsepower. The hybrid comes with a 14.1-kWh battery pack, which ensures 30 miles of the all-electric range.
2023 VW Touareg Release Date
Considering the expected updates, we presume that the 2023 VW Touareg will hit the market a little bit earlier than usual, though still within the second half of 2022.