Volkswagen is pushing upmarket with its new Touareg SUV, with a high-tech cabin option and a more luxurious cabin It’ll be offered in one trim to start with. Volkswagen has confirmed pricing and specs for the first 2019 Touareg coming to our shores, the Launch Edition, on the back of a dealer event in Brisbane Overseas models pictured. Local imagery will be added when it’s available. The new SUV, pitched as a more premium offering than its predecessors, will be priced from $89,990 before on-road costs Power will come from a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine when the car arrives in dealers early in May Peak power is 190kW and peak torque is 600Nm. Sound familiar? That’s because the Touareg will share its Euro 5 diesel engine with the Amarok at launch in Australia, ahead of 170kW and 210kW diesel engines arriving “toward the end of the year” That’s according to Jeff Shafer, product marketing manager at Volkswagen Australia, who spoke to media about the brand’s upcoming SUV plans Anyway, the Launch Edition.Although some manufacturers have used ‘Launch Edition’ billing to signify limited-run models, Volkswagen will sell the Touareg in ‘launch’ spec until a wider range of options and engines become available Standard equipment will be generous, although a pair of options packages (more to come) can bump the sticker price north of $100k Premium for the people might be the Volkswagen tagline, but the Touareg is pushing into a new price bracket here Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, parking assist, adaptive cruise with stop/go, rear and front cross-traffic alert, matrix LED headlights, an electric tailgate, and auto headlights are all standard on the tech front, along with analogue gauges and a 9 2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Leather seats (the softest leather in the Volkswagen stable, apparently) with massaging, heating and cooling are standard, along with four-corner air suspension, electric mirrors and a power steering column are also standard The car rides on 20-inch alloy wheels, and will be offered in four colours: black, blue, grey and white Only white is a standard colour, the remainder are $2000 options. Speaking of options, you’ll pay $8000 for the Innovision Package with a 15-inch central infotainment display, a head-up display, the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s digital driver instruments, multi-colour ambient lighting and a volume scroll wheel A panoramic
glass sunroof is another $3000 option. VW says the car is cheaper than the closest equivalent Touareg 180TDI which, with the Driver Assist Pack, was priced from $90,890 before on-roads Exactly when the wider diesel range will be available is still up in the air, as Volkswagen battles supply and emissions homologation issues abroad Although a petrol will be offered in Europe, VW’s communications boss, Paul Pottinger, suggested Australia is “a diesel story” In other words? Don’t hold your breath. .