66 Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2018 - Page 18

R AISING THE FL AGSHIP: TH E N E W VO LK S WAG E N TO UA R EG The third-generation Touareg builds on 16 years of successes with the model and debuts innovative technologies, expressive design and dynamic handling in one premium package. The newest flagship model for Volkswagen marks a milestone, heralding the largest model and technology campaign the automaker has undertaken to date. In every measurement, the latest Touareg SUV sets a new benchmark for Volkswagen. Built on the same high-tech MLB platform as the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne, the all-new Touareg has benefited from a significant growth spurt. The premium SUV is 77mm longer and 44mm wider than before. This translates to more room inside: increased boot capacity of 113-litres (to a total of 810-litres with the rear seats in place) ensure the Touareg remains an impressive cargo-carrier. Despite the bigger dimensions, though, the new Touareg is 106kg lighter than its predecessor. “Just like our customers, we’re very excited 16 66 MagAzine SPRING 2018 by the arrival of the third-generation Touareg, commented Tom Ruddenklau, General Manager of Volkswagen New Zealand. “The Touareg personifies what makes Volkswagens so special and enduring; innovative yet timeless design and technology engineering that is unmistakably German. The Touareg represents confidence, sophistication and understated success.” The all-new Touareg arrives with plenty of highlights which set it apart from everything that has come before. For a start, the premium SUV debuts a revolutionary new Innovation Cockpit, which does away with virtually every traditional switch and button, offering instead a completely touch- and gesture-control-based experience. The largest digital cockpit in its class, the expansive one-