In a new press release highlighting the most important new models for Volkswagen in the last 12 months, the German manufacturer has quietly confirmed that its next-generation Touareg SUV will debut in the spring of next year. No more details are available at the moment, but we believe the vague announcement refers to the Auto China show in Beijing in April 2018.

Volkswagen promises its new Touareg 'has been redesigned right down to the very last LED' and our latest fully revealing photos confirmed that one of the oldest SUVs on the market will be completely overhauled. Compared with the model it will replace, the 2018 Touareg will be much more modern and sleeker looking, and slightly bigger.

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The Touareg will be joining the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus in switching to Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform, which should bring a healthy weight diet. Depending on the market, the SUV will be available with a selection of turbocharged diesel and petrol engines, and we expect the 2-litre petrol and 3-litre diesel motors to be among the customers’ favorite.

One of the most important improvements over the outgoing model will be the interior room, which will be significantly increased thanks to the new underpinnings. It will sit on top of Volkswagen’s model lineup and will be more luxurious than the Arteon, at least until (and if) a new-generation Phaeton arrives in a couple of years’ time.

Gallery: 2018 VW Touareg new spy images

A report from August last year claimed that Volkswagen wants to expand its portfolio of sporty R models, and the new Touareg might be among the brand’s new models to receive the badge. It might get a potent V6 engine or Audi’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged motor.

The new Touareg is already on the assembly lines at Volkswagen’s Bratislava facility.

Gallery: 2018 VW Touareg undisguised spy photos