2011 Vw Touareg introduced in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 3, 2010

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.

Press Release

VW Touareg

Taking the Touareg to the forefront of its class are three available engines to suit a variety of different drivers: A V6 FSI® gasoline engine, a V6 TDI® Clean Diesel engine, and a V6 TSI® gasoline hybrid engine.

With the hybrid model, a 3.0-liter supercharged, direct injection V6 gasoline engine is paired with a special electric motor that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about 40 percent.

An eight-speed automatic transmission – the first of its kind in an SUV – keeps power always available while helping the Touareg Hybrid achieve approximately 25 and 21 mpg during highway and city driving respectively. A special clutch can disengage the transmission from the engine when the engine is not powering the Touareg, allowing it to coast forward emission free to further aid in fuel savings. The electric motor can also recover kinetic energy during braking to help recharge the nickel metal-hydride battery pack. With the V6 engine and electric motor combined, a total of 375 horsepower and 428 lbs.-ft. of torque are available, allowing for full towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds.

Also available is Volkswagen's 3.0-liter, V6 TDI® Clean Diesel engine, which offers improved fuel economy, reduced emissions, and greater power versus a similarly-sized gasoline engine, and is an excellent complement to the new Touareg's athletic design. A 3.6-liter, V6 FSI® gasoline engine comes standard with the 2011 model, providing smooth acceleration and all around performance. On all Touareg models, Volkswagen's 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system is ready to tackle nearly any driving condition encountered on and off the road.

Matching the new Touareg's refinements under the hood is a fully-revised exterior that embraces the brand's new face and styling cues, created by Volkswagen's chief of design, Walter de'Silva.

At the front is a narrower grille opening that seamlessly connects to the trapezoidal headlight housings that carry U-shaped LED running lights and Bi-Xenon High Intensity Gas-Discharged headlamps. The housings flow into the new fender flares, and a pair of compact fog lamps at the lower portion of the front fascia stand underneath the Touareg's front air intakes.

The hood features a raised portion that runs from the grille back, finishing at the side mirrors and giving a more muscular overall appearance. A chrome accent strip carries from behind the front wheels, and runs along the bottom of the doors to complement the chrome touches bordering the windows.

The back of the Touareg is defined with pronounced curves around the hatch area, LED illuminated taillights with housings to match up front, and a blacked out lower bumper with a set of shaped, chrome exhaust tips.

Compared to its predecessor, the 2011 Touareg is wider and has a shorter overall height for a stronger presence. A longer wheelbase and greater length provide greater stability, and more room inside the cabin, while the use of new materials and other adjustments have removed nearly 450 pounds from the vehicle.

The Touareg's interior has also been refined, making for a better use of space for both the driver and passengers, as well as in the cargo area. The greater use of curves and further attention to details on the door and dash trim coincide with redesigned, full leather seating for five, and cross-stitching on all panels and surfaces. Both the front and rear passengers can enjoy greater legroom with the Touareg's new overall dimensions and fully adjustable seats, while the rear seatback can be folded at the touch of a button in the trunk, for more storage and convenience.

A seven-inch widescreen color display located between the main gauges in the dash provides the driver with the latest vehicle status information, including of the drive system in the hybrid model, turn-by-turn navigation directions, and more.

Volkswagen's new RNS850 touch screen entertainment and navigation system features an 8-inch screen, a 60GB hard drive with 18GB of space available to upload audio, video, and more, and a DVD/CD player with MP3 playback and Satellite/FM/AM stereo. The navigation system can display maps and directions in a 3-D view, and highlights major landmark highlights to further assist when traveling.

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