Volkswagen announced this is the last year its premium Touareg will be sold in America. While a next-gen Touareg is waiting in the wings for other markets, the impressively appointed but relatively pricey 5-passenger midsize SUV will be discontinued here, a victim of plummeting sales and the restructuring of VW’s lineup here in the U.S. that will emphasize the all-new 2018 Tiguan which now offers 3-row seating (as well an updated version of the existing Tiguan renamed the Tiguan Limited) along with the even larger and made-for-America 2018 Atlas.

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With a starting sticker of just over $50,000, fewer than 1,700 Touareg models were sold here during the first half of 2017. By comparison, the 2018 Tiguan opens at $26,245 and the 2018 VW Atlas starts at $31,425. Both are built on VW’s latest MQB modular platform and offer a selection of trim and powertrain choices as well as front- or all-wheel drive configurations that are more popular with value-focused buyers. Before the end of the decade, Volkswagen plans to further expand its SUV/crossover lineup here with a new, yet-unnamed subcompact model also based on MQB underpinnings.   

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