For 2016, the crossover 2016 – 2017 Volkswagen Touareg will be released anew. Some minor and major changes have been made, and the hybrid version is going to be discontinued. Nevertheless, expect some changes in appearance to get the small SUV in line with the latest trends. Furthermore, the interior is tweaked a little in terms of software options and userfriendliness. Best of all, the price will be decreased with $2000 (€1840).
The front and rear fascia have been slightly updated. The air vents on the lower part of the fascia used to look like the car was smiling in a friendly way, but they don’t anymore. The smile has been “turned upside down” and the higher air vent has doubled in size. What’s also bigger are the headlights, fitting nicely into the line of the larger front air vent. Every 2016 – 2017 Volkswagen Touareg will be produced with bi-xenon lamps for headlights.
The sides of the car have not been altered, but the back has. The taillamps and foglights have been shaped differently, and the foglights will have bi-xenon lamps as well. The bumper and diffuser are redesigned to be more prominent, where the latter also has reshaped exhausts, fitting snugly into the whole.
Finally, the wheel designs are renewed and available in 18 and 20 inch sizes. Completely new for the 2016 Touareg is the option for 21 inch sized wheels.
The next noteable changes are the ones made in the interior of the 2016 – 2017 Volkswagen Touareg. Overall, the 2016 Touareg looks internally the same as its predecessor, only minor changes have been made for improving userfriendliness. A new rotating button can now control things like running gear, Climatronic, navigation, mirror adjustments and air suspension.
The centre control has been expanded with a display bar and push button. More chrome has been added to some details around the centre console. New for 2016 are the added choice of wood trims Sapelli Mahagoni and Engineered Ebony. The choice of Vienna leather has been expanded with a fourth colour Bonanza Brown. Also, Nappa leather comes in a new light sand colour St. Tropez.
Also, the Lux and Executive (Exclusive) models there are new seats in the 2016 – 2017 Volkswagen Touareg. These are air-ventilated and electrically adjustable to 14 different positions. The Executive (Exclusive) model also offers a power adjustable steering column, so all drivers can enjoy a neck-, arm- and backpainfree ride in the Touareg.
As mentioned before, the 3-0 liter supercharged V6 engined hybrid Touareg will be discontinued on all markets for 2016. The reasons for this decision have not been made clear by Volkswagen, although the main reason can be guessed. The 2011 hybrid Touareg was almost $15,000 (€13,800) costlier than the base diesel engined version and $22,000 (€20,300) the base gas V6 engine version. However, the emission of the hybrid Touareg’s highway figure was only 4 mpg lower than the gas Touareg, and even higher than the diesel’s. Story goes Volkswagen only released the hybrid Touareg for marketing purposes, to prove they are taking sustainability seriously.
Maybe VW will reissue the hybrid model in a later stage. For now, we hope VW is trying to improve the hybrid’s emission numbers and just want to take some time to perfect it.
Back to what 2016 does offer for the 2016 – 2017 Volkswagen Touareg. First off, there’s the 3.6-liter gasoline V6 engine, which is able to make 280 horsepower. Next up, the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine that can make up to 240 horsepower. All 2016-2017 Touaregs come with a standard 8-gear automatic transmission.
Technology on the Executive (Exclusive) Touareg features Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
2016/2017 Sport and Tech models now also feature the extra Park Distance Control (Park Pilot).
Prices range from $42,700 to $58,000.