The New Touareg Facelift is Here

The wait is finally over, Volkswagen’s self proclaimed “absolute top model” is now available. The new Touareg was teased back in October and now after months of anticipation, it’s here and available in three variations.

Both the Touareg V6 and V6S R-Line have had a facelift and are better than ever. An additional model, Touareg R PHEV has been added to the collection, becoming Volkswagen’s most powerful vehicle ever.

What is a Vehicle Facelift?

Unlike ‘all-new’ vehicles, facelifts are aesthetic or mechanical upgrades made to an already existing model, whereas ‘all-new’ refers to a completely new model. As the Touareg is established, the improvements made on it are considered a facelift.

Volkswagen use the Touareg as their innovation pioneer, exploring and applying new technologies to it and then cascading them across the rest of the Volkswagen range. It is the benchmark for Volkswagen and a standard setter for SUVs.

Below is an example of an older Touareg compared to the 2024 model. The grille has been made bigger and LED headlight lights more distinct, the appearance as a whole is more sporty and modernised with a air of mystique.

white touareg front

Touareg Upgrades


  • HD Matrix LED Headlights
  • All-new ‘Brage’ 20″ Alloy Wheel
  • Illuminated rear Volkswagen Emblem
  • 10.25″ Active info Display
  • 15″ Discover Pro Max Satellite Navigation
  • Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

V6S R-Line

  • HD Matrix LED Headlights
  • All-new ‘Leeds’ 21″ Alloy Wheel
  • Black Package
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Illuminated rear Volkswagen Emblem
  • 30-Colour Ambient lighting
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

two 2024 Touareg R PHEVs in rain

The New Touareg R PHEV

The ‘R’ is much more than a badge, it’s a symbol that promises an intricate blend of sport, high performance, and thrills. The Touareg R is moving into the electrified era but retains the Volkswagen essential “fun-to-drive” factor.

As Volkswagen’s most powerful vehicle to date, you’ll quickly understand that Touareg R Plug-in hybrid was made for those who value a cohesive driving experience in mind.

“The Touareg R eHybrid is our absolute top model. No other model offers as much performance, travel comfort and customised equipment as this model. In addition, it impresses with its off-road capabilities and, with a trailer weight of 3.5 tonnes, it is the perfect towing vehicle for demanding tasks.” – Peter Jost, Head of Marketing & Sales at Volkswagen R

Volkswagen Touareg R PHEV rear
Volkswagen Touareg R PHEV charging

Featured specs:

The new Volkswagen Touareg R PHEV is priced from $159,990MRP*

  • 3.0L V6 turbo Plug-in Hybrid
  • 53km all-electric range (WLTP*)
  • 4MOTION All Wheel Drive
  • 8 Speed Automatic
  • 3,500kg Towing Capacity (Braked)
  • IQ. HD LED Matrix headlights
  • Innovision Cockpit
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Traffic sign recognition

*Pricing and specs reflect time of writing, for up to date information please visit Touareg vehicle page or contact us.

As Volkswagen’s flagship, luxury and refinement are essential for the Touareg R PHEV. Being apart of the R line, a sporty quality is present. This is apparent in the prominent wide grill with an illuminating centre strip. The width of the liftgate also has LED taillights that incorporate the VW badging which is a first for Volkswagen globally.

While it is still unmistakably a Touareg, the exterior is strong and sporty, and has a redesigned rear and front grills. The sculpted body blends every component seamlessly and the black exterior car parts create a modern confidence that match it’s power. As the latest iteration of Touareg, it is also the most powerful Volkswagen to date. The hybrid engine is not just a gimmick, both engines work in tandem and deliver 340 kW of power (456HP) with the consumption of a mere 1.9 litres of petrol per 100km.

The interior is thoughtful with a handsome cabin that carries on with premium materials throughout. Upgrades to the infotainment have been made with crisper graphics and better touch response that can be operated by touch, gestures or voice.

The Touareg R is full of practical features, with one standout being the roof load sensor. This system automatically gauges any roof loads and fine-tunes the air suspension to optimise the centre of gravity. The result is a stabilised drive, providing enhanced control and comfort.

First produced in 2002, the Touareg has evolved to be what SUV customers want and need, and then some, the new Touareg is no exception. Full of power, technology, comfort, and luxury, the 2024 Touareg caters to the diverse needs of SUV enthusiasts and sets a new standard for SUV excellence. The 2024 Touareg continues the legacy of its predecessors while pushing the boundaries of what an SUV can achieve.

*Please note international imagery shown. New Zealand Specifications may vary. Pricing and specs reflect time of publishing, please see webpage or contact your local dealer for up to date information.

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