The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has been fully redesigned, with the new look adding more carlike details and toning down the ruggedness a bit. Classier, better detailed, and more wagonlike are all ways to describe the look, as VW's changes in design reflect the surging popularity of crossover wagons over trucklike SUVs.
On the outside, a new grille and front end design are much more like that used in Volkswagen's car lineup. Flanks are more softly sculpted, are are the front fenders. Overall, the Touareg is slightly wider, though not as tall, as the previous model, but a longer wheelbase and more overall length result in more interior space; given those changes, overall the Touareg keeps a silhouette that's much like that of the outgoing model.
Inside, the Touareg keeps more of the same with respect to layout—a high seating position, with an upright orientation to the instrument panel and a high, wide center console—but trims and materials have been upgraded, and matte-metallic bezels punctuate the theme.