Volkswagen has released the first pictures of the next version of its Touareg SUV. The most obvious developments, apart from styling changes designed to bring the Touareg's look into line with that of other recent VW models, are weight savings of up to 200 kg compared with the outgoing model, and the availability for the first time of a hybrid drivetrain.
Two diesel engines will be available, a 3.0 litre V6 and a 4.2 litre V8, while the hybrid version combines a 3.3 litre V6 petrol engine with electric power to achieve 34mpg on the combined cycle. The hybrid has a top speed of 149 mph and can accelerate to 100km/h (62mph) in 6.5 seconds. Most versions of the new Touareg will have an eight-speed gearbox and fuel-saving stop-start technology.
Production of the new Touareg for the UK market will start in June and the first deliveries will be made in August. The current model is a sister car of Porsche's Cayenne – so some changes can probably be expected there, as well.