The introduction to our new Touareg project car is live. Look for the next installment (wheels and tires) as early as next week.
On the surface of it, Volkswagen’s latest Touareg TDI already has a lot to offer. With interior quality on par with its Audi or Porsche platform siblings, an improved infotainment platform, increased interior space and creature comforts like power-releasing rear seat row, it rather deftly makes the very subtle shift from quirky off-road badass to more livable family hauler. With a taught suspension and simpler all-wheel drive system, this latest Touareg may give up on its Moab-conquering roots, but it marks substantial gains in livability and efficiency. Dropping 460 lbs over the so-called Touareg 2, the current Touareg makes a big-yet-stylish push for efficiency. That push is capped off even further if you opt for the hybrid or TDI models, the latter of which caught Esquire Magazine’s editorial eye alongside cars like the Ferrari FF as an intriguing “third car to have” story. Frankly, the TDI caught our attention as well… not as a third car, but as a primary mode of transportation and the subject of a new VWvortex project series.