The current generation of VW’s flagship model has been around for a while and it is still a highly competitive machine that has a lot of great things to offer. It was introduced in 2018 and it still looks fresh, so that may be the reason why the German manufacturer doesn’t plan bigger changes for the next year. From what we know so far, the 2023 VW Touareg will be a typical carryover model, with minor updates only.
You may count on an SUV that has a lot of great things to offer, as we already mentioned. The SUV looks attractive, while we also like the cabin design, which offers a good combination of conservative aesthetics and modern tech features. There are also a few capable powertrain options, while the list of standard equipment is pretty decent as well. Still, the strongest point of this SUV is its ride quality, which is pretty much excellent.
As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 VW Touareg will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 VW Touareg Design
So, the 2023 VW Touareg will be a typical carryover model. That shouldn’t be taken as a drawback, considering that the current model still looks pretty fresh. The styling comes in a typical VW manner, but it’s not as dull as most VW models do like. Instead, the vehicle looks elegant and robust at the same time. The best thing we could see for the next year are minor updates, such as new color options and similar things.
As we’ve just mentioned, ride quality is one of Touareg’s strongest points. That’s no wonder if we consider that most of the parts are shared with the Audi Q7 and Q8 models. These models all ride on a familiar MLB platform but the Touareg features a slightly different setup, with even softer suspension that makes the ride even gentler. Of course, the standard air suspension is the main reason.
When it comes to interior design, we don’t expect changes in the next year. The cabin still looks nice, thanks to a great combination of conservative aesthetics and solid build quality. The materials are really nice, while subtle color schemes make the dashboard look very elegant. Of course, a long list of standard equipment is another thing that makes the cabin looks very upscale.
When it comes to seating configuration, the 2023 VW Touareg will continue with just two rows of seats. Despite the size, the German manufacturer decided not to install the third row. Instead, there are two very spacious and comfortable rows of seats, which accommodate up to five passengers with ease. Also, you may count on a pretty generous cargo area, which offers around 800 liters behind the second row.
If there’s an aspect where we could see changes for the next year, that would be the list of standard equipment. Still, we don’t expect much, as the current model already stands pretty well. It comes standard with things like genuine leather upholstery, power-adjustable seats, a heated steering wheel and seats, which all come standard. There is also a pretty generous list of standard tech goodies, while some sources suggest that the currently optional 15-inch infotainment screen could become standard in all models.
When it comes to safety, the current model comes standard with things like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition, while the next year’s model could bring parking sensors as a standard feature. On the other hand, a surround-view camera and park-assist system will probably remain optional.
2023 VW Touareg Engines
When it comes to powertrain, we don’t expect surprises. If we consider that the SUV is primarily sold in markets like Europe and Australia, it’s no wonder that a good-old 3.0-liter V6 TDI is one of the most popular choices. This turbodiesel puts out around 231 horsepower.
Of course, you can also get a petrol version, equipped with a 3.0-liter V6, which puts out around 340 horsepower.
Finally, there is a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which combines the same V6 petrol engine with a 136-hp electric motor. The combined output goes around 462 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. This system also includes a 14.1-kWh battery pack, which is capable of ensuring 35 kilometers of all-electric range.
All models come with 8-speed automatic transmission.
2023 VW Touareg Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 VW Touareg later this year. The starting price in the UK should go around £56.000, while the Australian model should go around AU$90.000.