We thought the Touareg may never return, but we were wrong.
The Volkswagen Touareg was never a huge seller in the US. It was expensive, only had five seats, and never wowed US consumers. That's why VW finally made the smart decision to replace it with a cheaper, three-row SUV called the Atlas. Even though we agree with the decision, we will miss the Touareg because we think that it may have been the greatest SUV ever built. This is an SUV that helped saved Porsche and Audi, and now Bentley and Lamborghini as well. Luckily, the Touareg won't stay dead for long.
According to a report by Just-Auto, VW will reveal the third generation Touareg at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April. This new SUV will derive most of its design from the T-Prime GTE Concept, which was revealed in China back in 2016. Up until now, no one was sure if the Touareg name would return for this new SUV. With the recent reveal of the T-Roc SUV and the announcement of a smaller, Polo-based SUV called the T-Cross, some people believed that the Touareg name would be replaced by the T-Prime name. The new Touareg will be bigger than the outgoing model and be based on the MLB Evo platform.
The MLB Evo is the same platform that underpins the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. We aren't sure what will power the new Touareg, but the T-Prime Concept was powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with 375 hp and zero emissions. This would be an interesting drivetrain that would help VW move further away from diesel engines. Unfortunately, the new Touareg likely won't be coming to the US, so it will become the latest in a long line of forbidden fruit cars that the US can't have.