• Feb 23, 2006

Volkswagen's slow-selling but well-regarded Touareg is getting a nip/tuck for 2007. The German sport utility, caught here cold-weather testing in Northern Scandinavia, has been on the market since 2004, and this is its first redesign.

If the mule seen here is any indication, the awkwardly-named SUV will receive a revamped nose featuring new projector-style headlamps, and a revamped rump with new taillights. While the bumper/nose assembly and grille appear to be current production pieces, the altered light fixture and resultant fit issues exhibited by the prototype could indicate that a revamped assembly has yet to be fitted.

Interior changes could be in the cards as well, though a concealed center stack on the prototype doesn't reveal much, though at a glance, the dashboard form itself appears to be unaltered. Interestingly, the ignition slot appears to be missing from the current Touareg's dashboard location, and the column is clearly vacant, leading one to believe that VW may be considering some sort of 'smart card' system.

[Source: WorldCarFans and Lehmann Photo Syndication]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Infiniti QX56 more unreliable? Not to mention, I'm sure, myriad SUV's not sold in the USA?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool vehicle - V6 tdi with a stick and cloth seats.

      German engineers:
      "Sorry Amerikans, we will only sell you gloopy over-optioned luxo-barges."
      "Hey Hans, this in-dash electric french fry maker will move the iron in Topeka, ja?"
      "If it doesn't have this Nav system, they won't be able to drive to Applebees."
      • 8 Years Ago
      I question the speculation about revisions to the ignition key slot. The current location is very close to the center stack, in the section of aluminum trim that curves forward. Given the angle of that lone interior shot, it could easily be obscured by the gray pleather piece that's covering the center stack.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fantastic a TDI V6 with stick... unfortunatelly It will not happen at leats not in a couple of years. That thanks to the terrible diesel in the US
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like...it got its teeth whitened.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Meh, I think this looks better than the Cayenne.
      • 8 Years Ago
      James,
      Have you ever driven the V10 and then driven the Cayenne S?
      I know you havent or wouldn't talk such rubbish.
      Compared to the S the V10 is a slouch and compared the Turbo its a sloth.
      Stop reading figures and do the ground work. Figures is a marketing tool for the manufacturers. They are often wrong and do'nt portray the car in its its true light.

      PerformanceGT.COM
      • 8 Years Ago
      European SUV's anchor the bottom of the list for 2005 reliability, beneath U.S., and Asian manufacturers. So in the world, yes. But, you are right on Nissan coming in the lowest for 2005 Consumer Reports' reliability so that makes Tourag only 2nd worst in the CR world:

      http://autos.msn.com/advice/CRArt.aspx?contentid=4023544

      Actually, Tourage gave up it's crown as "Worst Reliability of 2004 Vehicles" by CR in an awful showing. The Cayenne faired as poorly: "European automakers didn't fare well in CR's survey. Volkswagen's Touareg SUV turned in one of the worst records in the 2004 survey, with 48 problems per 100; the Porsche Cayenne, built on the same platform, was little better at 41 problems per 100. European SUVs in general have had a lot of problems."
      http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/6662/
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Well regarded" if you don't have the hassle, troubled position of owning one. This and the Cayenne have the infamous claim of having the worst reliability of ANY SUV in the world. That's a shame, and really is why the sales are in the toilet. Let's get this into perspective: The Pontiac Aztek has a much better reliability record. So facelift of rounding the lower "eyelids" on the headlites, and some new grill work isn't going to bring those sales numbers up. Yes, it's engineered with a nice chasis and a gorgeous interior. With reliability problems this horrendous, these will not be vehicles you'll see on the road in five to ten years.