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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