Atlas replaced Touareg in the US. However, the company kept this nameplate for other markets. This is one of the most important models and best-seller in Europe. The new 2021 VW Touareg is not taking too many changes. The vehicle entered the new generation in 2019, so neither this one nor Atlas is going to be updated in the next couple of seasons. The German carmaker could surprise us with some limited edition, but no major modifications will be seen.
The reason for Touareg’s popularity is the magnificent architecture. The MLB platform was exclusive for Audi vehicles for a long period of time. Even after the redesign, the position of the engine will remain the same. This makes the job for engineers easier and the development cheaper. Plus, there is a room for the hybrid system, but the German carmaker is now more oriented on pure electric SUVs.
Rumors: let’s go back to the topic of the new model. The company is considering to add a performance R version with extra power under the bonnet. Well, inside sources are speaking about this version, but they don’t have too many details about engines and specs.
Engine and Specifications
The 2021 VW Touareg is getting power from a 3.0-liter TFSI engine. If you are looking for petrol alternatives, you won’t find it. It is producing 290 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The SUV is more powerful than its US sibling, which comes with a 3.6-liter V6 and 275 hp. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is a power router, and we recommend the 4Motion all-wheel drive since it is an optional mode.
Well, a 3.0-liter diesel displacement is more popular. With 235 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, it is more capable of towing than the petrol unit. The BlueMotion system is not too fast and the TFSI records better 0-60 sprint times. Currently, you can get squeeze the most power from the Touareg if you pick a 4.0-liter V8 plant. Turbocharged, it offers 335 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque and reaches 60 mph in 6 seconds.
Could Volkswagen Introduce the Hybrid Engine?
Touareg already had a hybrid configuration. However, the company discontinued it for the latest generation of the SUV. Ever since we are listening about the comeback and it seems this could happen next season. The 2021 VW Touareg Hybrid rumors are based on the latest moves by the company. More and more all-electric crossovers are already presented. ID3 and ID4 are built on the ID Crozz platform. The new platform allows the Touareg to take the hybrid setup, but we still don’t know what combination will be under the hood.
2021 VW Touareg R Release Date and Rumors
Here is what we have heard about the 2021 VW Touareg R model. The package includes the performance boosters to increase the interest in this lineup. The carmaker already offers this model for its most famous nameplate – Golf. In the past, the SUV had R badge with a 5.0-liter engine and 350 hp.
Now, this huge powerplant is not an option. Instead, engineers will rely on a much lighter version. According to multiple sources, this could be a 2.0-liter turbo-four. Alone, it can’t deliver specs we expect from the R version. In China, the manufacturer tuned it to burst 350 hp. Further electric upgrades could make it more powerful and 400 hp is a respectable output for the 2021 VW Touareg R.
2021 VW Touareg: Pros and Cons
The new design makes the SUV very popular. It is still fresh and updates are not needed. But, the 2021 VW Touareg will also bring something we always expect from the German carmaker. Excellent performance is supported by the durability of its engines and parts. Volkswagen might be more expensive than the competition, but it is worth every penny. The performance is there as well. Not too many such big rigs can run 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds. We might want more options, especially consuming gasoline.
The 2021 VW Touareg will be perfect for family trips, towing, or off-road fun. There are 27 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear row, which is more than enough for this class. Also, the powerful diesel engine can provide supreme towing capacity. Not too many other models can pull 7,700 pounds. Finally, the ground clearance of the Touareg is 8.3 inches, which is more than enough to get over most obstacles. Well, some kind of an all-terrain package would be cool to see. But, we don’t hear any speculations about such a model.