Fresh details about the new, third-generation Volkswagen Touareg have emerged online, with suggestions that the large SUV will for the first time be offered with the choice of seven seats and a massive, widescreen digital cockpit.

VW recently released a sketch of the all-new Touareg, which is set to be officially unveiled in Beijing in March 2018. The short press release that accompanied that sketch revealed that the new model – which will run on the MLB Evo platform already underpinning the Audi Q7, new Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus – will feature “one of the largest digital cockpits in its class”.

And, according to motoring.com.au, flagship models in the new Touareg range will be fitted with a curved glass touchscreen expected to measure a whopping 28 inches (that’s more than 71 cm wide) wide. This, of course, was previewed in the T-Prime Concept GTE of 2016 (see image below).

The report speculates that the Touareg’s digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen will be merged under a single glass panel in much the same way as Mercedes-Benz has done in its E-Class and S-Class models. However, VW’s version will apparently be curved slightly towards the driver.

The Australian publication furthermore reports that a twin-turbodiesel V8 will likely head up the engine range, positioned above a twin-turbo 4,0-litre petrol unit and 3,0-litre V6s in petrol and diesel flavours. Expect a plug-in hybrid version to be offered in some markets, too.

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE