Is the VW Touareg being discontinued after 2017?
Let’s face it, the Volkswagen Touareg has always been something of a niche vehicle in the lineup. The mid-size SUV has sat at the top of the lineup, as one of just two SUVs offered from the automaker. It’s an odd thing, considering it’s meant to be a luxury option, when no non-luxury choice is available. In a good, better, best situation, VW has only been offering the best, but that’s a hard pill to swallow without being shown how it is better than less expensive vehicles. With the Atlas and new Tiguan heading to dealerships for 2018, rumors are flying that the VW Touareg may be discontinued after the latest 2017 model year.
Does VW still need the Touareg?
Adding the 2018 VW Atlas and 2018 long-wheelbase Tiguan to the lineup seems to be a decision that was a long time o coming, and both models promise to be less expensive than the Touareg. The Tiguan, it seems, will be as large, too. This being the case, it makes sense that the Touareg should get the nix. While it has plenty of fantastic features, it’s a luxury model being sold under a non-premium nameplate. Plus, the name just isn’t that easy to say.
We loved the Touareg for a variety of reasons, from its car-like driving dynamic to the premium feel of the interior, but it has always been priced to match with high-end brands, competing with the likes of VW’s own premium brand, Audi. Sales haven’t been phenomenal, although this very fact worked in favor of VW fans who missed the days when owning the brand felt like being part of a special club of European car owners.
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It doesn’t look like a replacement will be coming for the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg, as the Tiguan will be the closest thing in size, with the Atlas coming in as a new, full-size options. That said, those interested in getting a Touareg are best off stopping by and getting one while they are still available.
Will you miss the Touareg, or are your eyes set on the new VW SUV options? Share your thoughts with a comment below, and be sure to check back here at the Karen Radley Volkswagen Blog for more on all things VW.