Second-Generation VW Touareg Unveiled

Volkswagen recently unveiled the new-generation Touareg, a revised model that will be available at dealers in April.

To get straight into details, the new SUV is 208 kilograms lighter and 20 percent more fuel efficient as compared to the previous version, with official figures pointing to a 8.2 l/100 km (28.7 mpg) fuel consumption figure. Additionally, a hybrid version that can be driven up to 50 km/h in purely electric mode with zero emissions will be offered as well.

The 3.6-liter V6 FSI engine now develops a maximum power of 280 hp and 360 Nm of torque while burning 3.6 liters of gasoline every 100 kilometers. This means the unit is 2.5 liters more fuel efficient as compared to the previous versions, while releasing 236 grams of CO2 per kilometer (a reduction of 60 g/km).

In terms of diesel configurations, the V6 TDI produces 240 hp and 550 Nm of torque for the European version. Fuel consumption reaches 7.4 l/100km (31.7 mpg) - down 1.9 liters as compared to the predecessor - while emissions have been reduced to 195 g/km.

A new 4.2-liter V8 TDI setup will be offered as well, with official figures claiming it could develop 340 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is impressively low - 9.1 l/100km (25.8 mpg) - while emissions are not exceeding the 239 g/km barrier.

The Hybrid Touareg has a combined fuel consumption of 8.2 l/100km (28.6 mpg) and releases 193 grams of CO2 every kilometer. It takes the place of the previous V8 petrol engines in Europe and America and comprises a supercharged V6 TSI that develops 333 horsepower and a high-voltage battery. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Feature highlights on the Touareg include a chrome pack (side window frames, lower cooling air inlet, load sill guard, tread plate, door sill trim and exhaust pipe ends), Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights, LED daytime running lights, Coming Home and Leaving Home lighting feature, self-dimming outside mirror on the driver’s side, electrically opening and closing cargo area tailgate as well as the "Keyless Access" locking and engine starting system.

The Hybrid features 18-inch alloy wheels and size 255 tires, hybrid logos on the chrome side trim at the front and rear and on the interior trim of the center console, electric 12-way seat adjustment in front, pedal caps in stainless steel look, footwell illumination, multi-function display with large colour display, storage compartments under the front seats, decorative inserts in the fine wood "Walnut Root" and tread plates with stainless steel accents.

Safety equipment comprises electronic stabilisation programme (ESP), trailer stabilisation, Hill Start and Hill Descent Assist, an effective network of airbags, front fog lights including static cornering lights, daytime running lights, adaptive brake lights (automatic hazard flasher at full braking), automatic door locking when vehicle is in motion (deactivatable), self-dimming rear-view mirror and illuminated entry at all doors (including tailgate).
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