Even without the confirmation that it’s headed to American soil, we cannot stem our excitement for the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg. Automotive experts are already showering the upcoming SUV with praises and suggesting that it will be more innovative than the next-generation Audi Q7. However, all hope is not lost as insiders tease a likelihood that the model will come out in the United States, albeit with the different label.

The bit of good news stated above does not end there. We speculate that the manufacturer will delegate the production of five-seater’s US version to its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The elimination of international shipping might introduce a beneficial outcome—there is a possibility that the reduced costs will translate into a discounted price for American buyers.

You might be overwhelmed by the range of engine trims offered by VW for its new luxury SUV. There is only one gasoline-powered selection which is a 3.0-liter V6 at 355hp with 332lb-ft of torque. Diesel variants start off with a 3.0-liter V6, available in 228hp and 282hp configurations. Finally, a 4.0-liter V8 version that outputs 417hp and 664lb-ft of torque tops the list. All options are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Safety features such as traffic jam assist, autonomous emergency braking, driver assist systems, lane-keep assist, and a night vision camera are all included. With rear-wheel steering on board, you can tackle challenging parking situations with ease.

That star of the show lies inside the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg. Just like most modern luxury-tier vehicles, analog components have been upgraded into digital. Nevertheless, VW seamlessly merges its 15-inch infotainment module with the 12-inch instrument panel screen into what the company calls the Innovision Cockpit system. The result is a stylish touch-enabled display with flowing curves minus the buttons. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are likewise fully supported.

2019 Volkswagen Touareg

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