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2019 Volkswagen Touareg Will Get All-Wheel Steering System

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【Summary】After revealing that the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg will get infrared cameras to aid in driver safety, the German automaker has gone ahead and announced that the upcoming SUV will also get all-wheel steering.

Manish Kharinta    May 20, 2018 8:00 AM PT
2019 Volkswagen Touareg Will Get All-Wheel Steering System

After revealing that the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg will get infrared cameras to aid in driver safety, the German automaker has gone ahead and announced that the upcoming SUV will also get all-wheel steering. The next generation of Volkswagen Touareg is an important launch for the company and the German carmaker is detailing the host of features the upcoming offering will get. 

The infrared camera to be offered in the luxury SUV is a first for the company along with the incorporation of the new all-wheel steering system.

The AWS has been featured in the more premium siblings of Touareg. The SUV offerings from sister companies like Audi and Porsche have featured the all-wheel-drive system in their Q7 and Cayenne SUVs. 

Both cars will also be based on the same platform as the upcoming 2019 Volkswagen Touareg. The all-wheel-drive system will be offered in Touareg as part of a technological package which includes electronic damping control and adaptive air suspension.

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The mechanism works by controlling the direction in which the rear wheels steer. For instance, in a scenario where the vehicle is being driven under 23 mph, the rear wheels will turn in the opposite direction to that of the front wheels. This means, in a situation where the front wheels are turning right, the AWS will turn the rear wheels to steer left and therefore reduce the turning radius of the SUV. 

This system not only reduces the turning radius of the vehicle from 12.19 to 11.9 meters but also enhances the maneuverability of the car. Even though the rear wheels can only turn up to 5 degrees in the opposite direction to the front wheels, the reduced turning radius assists the driver in carrying out motoring tasks like parking in the city.

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When the vehicle is accelerating above 23 mph, the AWS helps in stabilizing the vehicle while changing lanes and in avoiding collisions by assisting the driver in performing evasive maneuvers. In this scenario, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels and enhance the car's handling characteristics. 

In addition to the all-wheel-drive system and heat-seeking cameras, the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg gets a plethora of additional state-of-the-art features. 

These include a heads-up display which projects images directly onto the windshield, Matrix LED headlights and Innovision cockpit. The Touareg will also get a semi-automated steering and lane keeping assistant which will be able to accelerate and deaccelerate the vehicle if it's traveling at speeds of up to 37 mph.

It is likely that making the next generation of Touareg this feature-laden might result in cannibalization of Audi Q7's sales. 

Volkswagen also spoke about the upcoming Touareg in a YouTube video in which the SUV was being driven in the Alps by racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck.

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