Volkswagen’s new Touareg SUV that will soon be available in the US market will be offered with three engine options, including a hybrid. It will also get several new upgrades. The US Touareg lineup includes the Supercharged Touareg Hybrid, its first production hybrid electric vehicle. VW anticipates high sales for this model, which features a direct injection V6 gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor.
When running jointly, the output could go up to as high as 380hp and 428 lbs.-ft. of torque. In comparison, these figures are comparable to what a V8 offers but the new Touareg’s fuel economy is similar to a V6 (EPA estimated 25 mpg highway).
Next in the lineup is the 3.0l turbocharged V6 TDI Clean Diesel (EPA estimated 28 mpg highway/19 mpg city). Then there’s a 3.6l V6 FSI gasoline that provides a fuel consumption figure of 23 mpg highway and 16 mpg city.
VW designed these engines to be controlled via its eight-speed automatic transmission, with the last two gears working like overdrives. VW also offers its 4MOTION all-wheel drive system boosted by a rear limited-slip Torsen differential.
Safety features in this model include ESP, Hill Start and Hill Descent Assist, airbags, daytime running lights and adaptive brake lights. US buyers will have nine colors to choose from.
Of these, five colors are new: Cool Silver Metallic, Flint Gray Metallic, Toffee Brown Metallic, Night Blue Metallic and Tungsten Silver Metallic (only available for the Hybrid). There are three distinct trims offered: Sport, Lux and Executive. Each is offered with its own set of wheels. However, only one trim is offered for the Hybrid.
The front end of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg is fitted with a narrower grille opening that’s impeccably linked to its trapezoidal headlight housings. These housings -- containing U-shaped LED running lights and Bi-Xenon High Intensity Gas-Discharged headlamps -- flow into the new fender flares. Placed just below the front air intakes at lower portion of the front fascia are a pair of compact fog lamps.
A portion of the hood has been raised – from the grille back to the side mirrors – to provide the VW Touareg a more muscular look. The sides, meanwhile, feature a chrome accent strip running from behind the front wheels and along the bottom of the doors, thereby complementing the chrome borders on the windows.
The posterior part of the vehicle now features LED illuminated taillights, a blacked out lower bumper with shaped chrome exhaust tips and more pronounced curves on the hatch area. To make it more imposing that its predecessor, the 2011 Touareg has been made wider and it now features a shorter overall height.
For more interior space as well as superior stability, the 2011 Touareg has also been made longer with an extended wheelbase. It is also lighter by around 450 lbs than its predecessors, thanks to VW's decision to employ new materials and to implement a number of revisions and adjustments.