Je Design offers package for 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 1, 2011

Je Design gave the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid a tuning that enhances its appearance as well as its power. In particular, the car got a widebody kit, a lowered suspension (priced at EUR1,428) and a fresh set of wheels (aluminum painted in black). Je Design fitted the Touareg with a redesigned grille, new spoilers and wheel arches, a rear apron and a roof spoiler -- all built from Polyurethane (PU). This has a price tag of EUR5,355.

In addition, Je Design said that a custom exhaust system can be added, featuring stainless steel pipes 90 mm in diameter for just EUR595 more.

Je Design boosted the power in the 379 hp 3.0-liter TFSI engine in the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid to 440 hp (324 kW) and 630 Nm of torque while no tweaks were done on the electric motor. As a result, the Touareg can now sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds -- 0.6 seconds faster than the stock.

Its top speed was also given a boost from 240 to 255 km/h. Three different finishes are available for the wheels: shadow silver with a polished front surface, matte black with a matte silver front surface and matte graphite silver with polished rim.

Je Design also offers custom painted wheels. For EUR 5,190, you can get the complete wheel package but single wheels are sold for EUR690 each. The engine upgrade program is priced at EUR3,999 but it can also raise the output on the 3.0-liter TDI model to 285 HP (210 kW) from 240 HP (177 kW).

Improvements made for the new Volkswagen Touareg are not limited its engines, as its overall looks have also been enhanced. Now the new VW Touareg features sportier proportions and an elegant design, as created by VW design head Klaus Bischoff. Of course, the new Touareg is a recipient of the new Volkswagen Design DNA, especially with regards to its new horizontally aligned front end and its characteristic headlights as well as its distinctive rear section and its night-time rear light design.

All of these contribute to giving the new VW Touareg a sustainable visual element that makes full use of its dynamic proportions and its elegant and stylish body. During the design process, designers aimed to come up with superior yet distinctive SUV that allows people to easily recognize it as the VW Touareg. Of course, there is a huge need to differentiate the VW Touareg from millions of vehicles that ply millions of miles of roads across the world. More vehicles and more segments arise from growing demand for mobility solutions.

Designers were successful in creating a design that would make the new VW Touareg more visually elegant and appealing enough to make it stand out from the crowd. The new VW Touareg comes with a front end with a clear horizontal structure and orientation, a feature that is common to all VW models. Specifically, the front end of the new VW Touareg SUV features an upper radiator grille with black, high-gloss trim and continuous chrome trim strips.

Its headlights are visually integrated in the lines created by the strips while the middle level of its bumper is finished painted in body color. Acting as a third level are U-shaped and lower air inlet framed in chrome trim. Interestingly, all of the carmaker’s models in every class feature an unmistakable distinct visual character. This means that all VW models, depending on the segment, exhibit clear distinction, particularly in the styling of the bonnet and fenders, the interplay of proportions, and the form of the headlights.

For the VW Touareg, taking on the new Volkswagen face marks the first time that this front-end styling is implemented in a luxury class vehicle. Its prime dynamic look is highlighted by the modulated V-shaped bonnet and the dominant shoulder line while its elegance is reflected by its clear surfaces. A key element and character highlight of the Touareg’s Design DNA is the so-called horizontal band that includes the relatively flat grille, the integrated VW logo and the trapezoidal headlights that narrow towards the grille.

The lower one of the two chrome inserts features a styling that flows into the dual headlights that are available in three versions: halogen, bi-xenon, and bi-xenon headlights with Dynamic Light Assist (continuous main beam).

Positioned below the body-colored mid-section of the bumper are the lower air intakes while placed on the lowermost section are the front fog lights and the radar sensors of the adaptive cruise control system (ACC plus Front Assist) that is offered as an option.

As for the VW Touareg Hybrid and Touareg V8 TDI, the middle intake features chrome fins and another U-shaped frame. On the other hand, the side profile of the new VW Touareg doesn’t feature a massive appearance typical of other SUVs – thanks to its lower body height, a dynamic line of side windows, short overhangs and clear sculpted surfaces. Instead, the new VW Touareg features a side profile similar to that of a sports car, which has a body that tapers slightly in the part near the doors.

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