We're not really sure why, but Volkswagen hasn't talked too much about the technical side of the car. OK, it mentioned that the new generation is lighter and more efficient than the previous version and praised the new engine once or twice, but that's basically all. Of course, what lies underneath the hood worths every second spent talking about it as the Touareg has always managed to be a superior vehicle from the technical point of view.
Let's first talk, as Volkswagen also chose to, about the V6 TDI BlueMotion Technology with 240 horsepower. The new diesel engine is Euro 5 compliant and produces 240 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, being also available from the launch in the United States, as expected with a few modifications to meet local requirements. The European configuration however has an injection pressure of 1,800 bar and a displacement of 2,967 cc, which allows it to generate the 550 Nm of torque from as low as 2,000 rpm.
In terms of fuel consumption, the engine burns 7.4 l/100km (31.7 mpg) in combined cycle, which means it burns 1.9 liters of diesel less than the previous configuration with 240 horsepower on the Touareg range. Of course, emissions have been reduced at well, now releasing 195 grams of CO2 per kilometer, 49 g/km less than the old V6 TDI and 24 g/km as compared to the BlueMotion 225 horsepower unit.
The second generation is for the Touareg range as is a ballerina for a Sumo fight: smaller, lighter and more agile. OK, maybe we went a little bit too far with the comparison, but Volkswagen claims the new model's weight was reduced by between 203 and 222 kilos, obviously depending on the version you choose. Wondering how did that happen? Lighter powertrain, certain body modifications and the use of what the German carmaker calls multi-layer insulating materials. In other words, Volkswagen turned to another type of noise insulating material which is said to be lighter but more efficient.
To give you an idea on how much the new Touareg series weighs, here are the official numbers: V6 FSI - 2,035 kg, V6 TDI - 2,099 kg, V8 TDi - 2,222 kg and Hybrid - 2,240 kg.
The transmission setup is a tiny Pandora box, once you open it, you find a tone of information. As you know, Volkswagen chose to equip the new-generation Touareg with an 8-speed automatic instead of the 6-speed one used on the previous version, which makes the new model the first SUV in the world with such a configuration, as the company itself proudly said at the debut of the model.
The gearbox is especially configured to resist to a torque of up to 850 Nm, so the 550 Nm output generated by the V6 TDI is actually piece of cake. What's really interesting is the idea behind the two additional gears.
As in any conventional transmission box, the last gear is generally used for fuel consumption, being especially implemented to reduce revs at high speeds. The new transmission unit not only becomes more efficient in all gears but also becomes a bit more responsive and cuts consumption at high speeds by around 20 percent, if we are to trust Volkswagen's figures. This means that the car's maximum speed (218 km/h) is reached in 6th gear, while the remaining two are only used if the speed is maintained.
Of course, Volkswagen's 4MOTION is also available, which makes the new Touareg even more appropriate for off-road adventures. The system includes an all-wheel drive system with limited-slip Torsen differential and electronic differential locks on all wheels and, with the press of a single button, modifies the configuration of the ABS, EDS and ASR for better performance in off-road environment.Continue reading
VOLKSWAGEN Touareg technical data summary
Engine: 2967 cmc V6 Diesel
Dimensions: 188.8 in (4796 mm) length / 76.4 in (1941 mm) width / 67.3 in (1709 mm) height
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