2011 Volkswagen Touareg presents itself
After a pretty big success for its current SUV model, Volkswagen has finally decided to present the next generation of the German car, the 2011 Touareg.
Sporting the overall basic shape of the previous model, the new Touareg does feature a few more dynamic lines, with the biggest change appearing on the front fascia, which borrows heavily the new design line showcased on the Scirocco, Golf VI and Polo. The stand-out feature however is the LED contour of the headlights adding a certain note of style to the SUV.
But even though the design will bring some much needed changes to the looks of the Touareg, the biggest and most expected modifications have been made under the hood. The engine range for the 2011 model will be constituted of a 280 HP 3.6-liter V6, a 240 HP 3.0-liter TDI V6 (31.8 mpg) and a range-topping 340 HP 4.2-liter TDI V8 (25.8 mpg). The most important model, however, will be the hybrid version of the Touareg, which combines a supercharged, direct injection 333 HP 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine with a 47 HP electric motor, totaling 380 HP with a combined fuel average of just 28.6 mpg (US).
The new Touareg, which according to VW is now 20% more efficient, has also shed around 460 pounds (around 200kg). It will use an eight-speed automatic gearbox on all models, without any low-ratio gearbox. For those who want to really take their SUV off road, there will be a special “Escape” edition for the 3.0-liter V6 TDI, which includes reduction gearing, electronically controlled locking center and rear differentials and a five-way traction control management system for the four-wheel drive system.
Overall, the new Touareg seems to bring quite a lot of interesting things. Check it out in the photo gallery below, and wait for the Geneva Motor Show next March to see it live. Until then, share your thoughts about it below.
Photo Gallery: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg
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