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New Volkswagen Touareg sheds disguise ahead of possible end-of-year debut


Sporting less disguise than witnessed on previous sightings, fresh snap shots of the all-new third generation Volkswagen Touareg undergoing winter testing has gone viral.

While still wearing extensive black and white masking at the front and rear, the uncovered side profile, lit LED headlights and thin-stripped LED's at the rear hints that the Touareg might possibility be closer related to the 2015 T-Prime GTE concept than previously speculated.

According to reports, the T-Prime was meant to completely replace the Touareg as Volkswagen's new flagship SUV, or preview a possible larger model. The arrival of the left-hand drive only Atlas has seemingly rendered this approach obsolete though, with the Touareg expect to continue as the biggest SUV Wolfsburg produces for now.

Widely speculated to make use of the same MLB platform as the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga, the Touareg will likely again offer only five-seats with power coming from a range of six-cylinder TSI petrol, and six and eight-cylinder TDI engines with a plug-in hybrid of the former likely at some stage.

While still unconfirmed, the Touareg is slated to debut towards the end of the year with sales starting early next year.


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