Every once in a while, we get a set of spy shot images that come through that are almost impossible to tell what's going on. It's just the nature of the spy shot game, but that's exactly what we have here with these images showing a Volkswagen Touareg out testing.

While it's totally possible that Volkswagen is refreshing its midsize SUV after a handful of years on the market, there just don't seem to be enough changes on this model to back that up – particularly the fact that the headlights and taillights appear to remain unchanged, though there could be alterations hiding underneath the camouflage. Another possibility is that this is a mule for a new engine or powertrain still in development, which could be more likely judging by the numerous wires and sensors that are visible, the different exhaust outlets and the front fascia that looks to bring more airflow to the engine compartment. Either way, it looks like there are changes in store for VW's near-lux off-roader.


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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Skoda Touareg...you heard it here first.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know VW is hard at work getting a 3-row crossover to market, but I don't see how that has anything to do with this. The current Touareg already has the same VW corporate grill/headlights that's appearing in 2015 models like the Golf VII, so don't see why they would change the fascia. Maybe sometimes VW test drivers just put cladding on production vehicles to mess with auto "spy" photographers?
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        And when the Touareg does get a refresh, I expect it will be mostly electronics features and luxury amenities (LED taillights, updated Nav, 3rd HVAC zone, cooled seats, etc). Its biggest competitor is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, so they will make sure the jeep doesn't offer any interior features they don't. Sheetmetal-wise, maybe they'll give it the sharp creases to match the new Golf, but seems like that would be reserved for a new model, not a refresh. The curves on the current model seem to have more Porsche DNA than VW DNA, which isn't surprising since the Cayenne uses most of the same sheet metal.
      Snark
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not really an offroader, just FYI. Since they neutered its low range and lockers, it's just another AWD crossover.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snark
        It's still a "real" longitudinal, full-time AWD system, unlike the transverse Haldex systems in most AWD crossovers that only send torque to the rear wheels when the front wheels slip. My wife has a 2011 Touareg TDI, and it handles more like a RWD vehicle than a FWD vehicle. Most of the mass-market "AWD" crossovers handle exactly like minivans.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          They are mini-vans in butch drag....
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          If the Touareg is a mini-van, so is an Audi S4. Same engine/drivetrain layout. Show me a minivan with a nominal 50/50 torque split front to rear?
        traction_control
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snark
        The Volkswagen Touareg is still offered with permanent "4XMotion" four-wheel drive with two-speed dual range transfer case and variable center differential lock, just not here in the U.S. You have to go outside of the U.S. to find one equipped with 4XMotion. Otherwise, you’re correct, the Touaregs sold in North America have been neutered. We only get the ones with permanent "4Motion" four-wheel drive with a one-speed single range transfer case and Torsen center differential (which can torque bias – but cannot be locked for off road use).
        vizcarmb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snark
        Yeah that can tow more than most pickup trucks out there
      JJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Back in the 80s and 90s, cars go through a whole cycle of 8+ years with only a chorome strip added or removed as it's refresh, today we see a facelift tested a day after a car hits the showrooms. Like back in the 50s when they had a redesign for every modle year.
      RonMcCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      Solid car that is the poster child for boring. The only upcoming luxury cuv I am looking forward to seeing is the porsche macan. This could be that mean, sport wagon looking vehicle I have been waiting for. Cayenne too big and well looks are not that good same goes for q5 unless you like your vehicles in the dinner roll variety
      FLUIDJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      I take issue with the "near lux" term. The Touareg IS VW's only current luxury model. It along with the Phaeton were positioned and sold as such when they were first released nearly 10 years ago.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love headlines that end in question marks. This makes me think I can say anything with an inflection (or write anything with a ?) and have the reader draw his/her own conclusions. [Instead of a reporter actually reporting a real story.] .
      erth
      • 1 Year Ago
      4cyl tdi for the new engine?
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      They just did a complete change on the Touareg in 2011, "refreshing its midsize SUV after a handful of years" I count 2 years only...
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