2014 Volkswagen Touareg

The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is coming soon to USA dealership. While there aren’t many details released yet about the next Touareg, we can make some pretty good guesses based on where the rest of the Volkswagen line is headed and where the automaker is investing time and money on research and development.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg front

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen has been quite tight lipped about any new developments concerning the 2014 Touareg. They have, however, announced another special edition model that will likely debut only a few months before the next version. The Touareg Edition X, which commemorates the SUV’s ten years of production, will be released in mid-2013. This special edition vehicle will sport a lot of top-end features like bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and more. The Edition X model will be powered by a turbodiesel V6 TDI BlueMotion engine.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

While it is uncertain whether or not the 2014 Touareg will make it to the United States, it may nevertheless signal some changes to come. Volkswagen has launched an aggressive campaign to promote their clean and efficient turbodiesel engines, and we wonder if this may signal an expansion of available TDI models in their lineup. Turbodiesel powerplants can be as much as 18% more efficient than similarly powered gas engines, and they produce and impressive amount of torque for their size. We may see Volkswagen further emphasize TDI clean diesel versions of the Touareg. The only current diesel option is the V6 TDI — will VW add a fuel-saving smaller four-cylinder?

2014 Volkswagen Touareg rear

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

Another interesting development that probably won’t show up next year is a diesel hybrid. Volkswagen has been developing this type of powertrain, but production looks to still be a few years off. As it stands, expect the gas-hybrid, diesel, and regular gas powertrains to be the options available.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg interior - dash

2014 Volkswagen Touareg interior – dash

Also being speculated about in the near future are additional Volkswagen crossover vehicles, which may fit under the Touareg and above the Tiguan in the VW lineup. The vehicle is due for a generational refresh in 2014, at which point we may see a totally new Touareg. Since the upcoming 2014 model may be the last Touareg before a generation switch-over, we expect most of the interior and aesthetic features to remain more or less unchanged…

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