European car spies have caught VW’s second-generation Touareg out testing. Though disguised the newcomer is set to get a sharper design with the front styling mimicking that of the Golf and Scirocco.
The biggest news we hear is that the new Touareg will go on a crash diet and be about 300kg lighter! This should certainly help the Touareg's fuel economy and improve handling.
Along with its weight loss, we're also hearing the chassis has in fact been lengthened by a few centimetres for a roomier interior and an optional third row of seats, though we expect that third row will probably amount to jump seats that fold flat.
The Volkswagen SUV share a chassis with the next Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne too.
Powertrains should include updated versions of the 3.6-litre V6 and 4.2-litre V8 petrol engines along with one or two turbo diesel offerings.
A hybrid model, which should sport a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 along with an electric motor, is allegedly on the cards too.
VW will probably unveil the Touareg at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.