The new-generation Volkswagen Touareg has recently been unveiled. Set to arrive at dealerships in April, this revised model is lighter by 208 kgs. and is 20% more fuel-efficient than the previous version. Official figures indicate 8.2 l/100 km (28.7 mpg). There will also be a hybrid version that will be offered. This vehicle can be driven up to 50 km/h in purely electric mode with zero emissions.
The 3.6-liter V6 FSI engine produces up to 280 hp and 360 Nm of torque. For every 100 kilometers, 3.6 liters of gasoline is consumed. With this figure, this new car is 2.5 liters more fuel efficient than the old versions.
It also has carbon dioxide emissions of 236 grams per kilometer, a reduction of 60 g/km. When it comes to diesel configurations, the European version is equipped with the V6 TDI that generates 240 hp and 550 Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption is at 7.4 l/100km (31.7 mpg), about 1.9 liters lower than its predecessor. Emissions are down to 195 g/km. There will also be a new 4.2-liter V8 TDI that will be available. VW claims that this version can generate 340 hp and 800 Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption is very low – at 9.1 l/100km (25.8 mpg). Its emission level is below 239 g/km. Official figures also reveal that the Hybrid Touareg has a combined fuel consumption of 8.2 l/100km (28.6 mpg) and releases 193 grams of CO2 every kilometer.
This version, which replaces the previous V8 petrol engines in Europe and America, features a supercharged V6 TSI that produces 333 hp and a high-voltage battery. The engine is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The MY2011 Volkswagen Touareg is now lighter, more fuel efficient, more agile and more versatile. It now features a more functional, more comfortable and more spacious cabin. In fact, the rear bench seat of the MY2011 VW Touareg has 160 mm in longitudinal adjustment while the backrest angle is adjustable.
The backrest can be unlatched electrically with just a press of a button (optional), and then folded down in seconds to make available around 1,642 liters of cargo space. Likewise, the parking brake can be activated with just the push of a button.
Touareg’s V6 engines is fitted with the Stop-Start system, which gives it the ability to automatically shut off when the brake pedal is pressed for a period of time and to restart as soon as the pedal is released.
On the other hand, the Touareg features the largest panoramic sunroof among SUVs for effective cabin illumination even on dark days. Likewise, the SUV features the so-called "Area View," which employs four cameras to detect its surroundings for additional safety.
The SUV also features up to nine airbags for passenger protection as well as Lane Assist for making sure that the Touareg does not go beyond the intended lane during a trip. Moreover, Side Assist provides a warning when vehicles are approaching from the rear when changing lanes.
Additionally, the Touareg features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with integrated Front Assist, which can bring the SUV to a stop during an emergency while tensioning the seatbelts as a preventive measure.
Road safety is also ensured as the SUV sports Bi-Xenon headlights with Dynamic Light Assist, which detects oncoming traffic and then adjusts the light beam to prevent blinding the driving of the approaching vehicle.
Furthermore, adaptive roll compensation guarantees that the SUV runs stably on the road. Interestingly, the Touareg will be available with special features under the new "Exclusive" badge from Volkswagen Individual.
Customers can avail of optional elements like 19-inch Girona alloy wheels, Olive Ash fine wood inserts, and a Nappa leather interior in the two-color combo – either in Dark Burgundy/Titan Black or in Pepper Beige/Titan Black. The base version of the VW Touareg features as standard a radio-CD and info system that comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen.