After lengthy stock shortages, nearly one year’s worth of Volkswagen Touareg SUVs are due to arrive Australia later this year – is this a sign of things to come for the rest of the range?
Almost one-year’s supply of Volkswagen Touareg SUVs is due in Australian showrooms in one shipment in the second half of this year, amid lengthy stock shortages that have crippled the global automotive industry.
Volkswagen Australia has been battling with various forms of stock shortages for about four years, first due to new emissions regulations in Europe strangling supply, long periods between model changeovers, COVID-19 production slowdowns, semiconductor shortages, and the war in Ukraine (which manufactures key electrical components).
Volkswagen today confirmed more than 1000 examples of its flagship Touareg large SUV are bound for local showrooms in the second half of 2022, after it “negotiated a prioritisation of Touareg volume” with the factory “to meet consistently high SUV demand”.
It remains to be seen whether the shipments of Touaregs pave the way for improved supply of VW’s smaller SUVs – which face wait times of up to 12 months, in the case of certain Tiguan variants (162TSI R-Line).
Volkswagen Australia estimates the batches of Touaregs will allow it to “fulfil orders for 2000+ annual sales” in 2022, almost double the 1261 examples sold in 2021, and the 1202 reported the year prior.
It could also eclipse the 2168 cars sold in 2016, which was preceded by 2568 sales reported in 2015, according to industry sales data published by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).
Three Touareg variants are currently available in Australia, all powered by diesel engines: the $87,990 plus on-road costs 170TDI, $106,990 210TDI Elegance and $116,290 210TDI R-Line.
The range will expand later this year when orders open for the plug-in hybrid Touareg R performance flagship – though first showroom arrivals won’t commence until 2023, a few months later than previously confirmed (November 2022).
Whereas the three TDI models use 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engines with up to 210kW, the Touareg R pairs a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol V6 with an electric motor and 14.4kWh battery for 340kW/700Nm outputs, 47km of electric range, 3500kg towing capability, and a 5.1-second 0-100km/h time.
Pricing for the Touareg R is yet to be confirmed, though it is expected to cost in excess of $135,000 before on-road costs, taking the place of the sold-out V8 TDI diesel variant ($136,490, when last on sale in 2021).
“The arrival of additional flagship SUV volume means that for the first time in this generation of Touareg we are forecasting supply that closes in on demand,” Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles brand director Michal Szaniecki said in a media statement.
“These are the ‘green shoots’ our dealerships and customers have been looking for, and we are continuing to pursue additional volume for Australia with other model lines.
“We thank our customers for their patience as we navigate range-wide supply challenges, and can’t wait to welcome many happy new – and loyal – customers into their Touareg before the new year.”
2022 Volkswagen Touareg Australian pricing
- Touareg 170TDI – $87,990
- Touareg 210TDI Elegance – $106,990
- Touareg 210TDI R-Line – $116,290
Note: All prices listed above exclude on-road costs.
2022 Volkswagen Touareg 170TDI standard features:
- 19-inch Osorno alloy wheels
- 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation
- Automatic LED headlights
- Four USB ports
- Wireless phone charging
- Vienna leather-appointed upholstery
- Power-adjustable heated front seats
- Dual-zone climate control
- Auto-dimming mirrors
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Keyless entry and start
- Hands-free power tailgate
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane centring assist (Travel Assist semi-autonomous tech)
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Front and rear cross-traffic alert
- Automatic parking
- Driver fatigue detection
- Emergency assist
- Proactive occupant protection system
2022 Volkswagen Touareg 210TDI Elegance adds (over 170TDI):
- 20-inch ‘Montero’ alloy wheels
- Air suspension
- Matrix LED headlights
- Premium LED tail-lights with scrolling indicators
- 15-inch central Discover Premium touchscreen (part of ‘Innovision’ Cockpit)
- DAB+ dgital radio
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- Savona leather-appointed upholstery in black or two-tone ‘Mistral’
- Front-seat ventilation and massaging
- Head-up display (windscreen projected, not flip-up)
2022 Volkswagen Touareg 210TDI R-Line adds (over 210TDI Elegance):
- 20-inch ‘Nevada’ alloy wheels
- R-Line front and rear bumpers
- Rear-wheel steering
- Active anti-roll stabilisation (i.e. sway bars which lean into corners)
- Rear and side privacy glass
- Savona leather-appointed R-Line upholstery
- Heated R-Line steering wheel with shift paddles
- Memory for front seats and mirrors
- Brushed stainless steel pedals