Volkswagen will reveal the 2015 Touareg SUV at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show. The 2015 model gets small visual tweaks and minor mechanical changes to improve overall fuel efficiency. The new Touareg will go on sale in UK markets by November this year.
The front fascia gets larger bi-xenon headlamps with a redesigned bumper and a new grille featuring four horizontal fins instead of two found in the previous version. The side has new mirror caps, wheel designs and a hump over the rear wheel arches which make the rear look wider in comparison to the front. The rear gets a redesigned bumper with integrated LED fog lamps, redesigned diffuser and twin tail pipes.
The interior gets a choice of new colours for the upholstery, hints of chrome on the dashboard and a new white light illuminating the controls. An optional Automatic Distance Control system is available which maintains a pre-selected speed and keeps safe distance from the car in front by using radar sensors.
A 3.0litre V6 engine is offered in different states of tune- 204PS and 258PS with increased fuel efficiency figures. The 204PS unit returns a combined consumption figure of 18.19kmpl with emission figure of 174g/km. The more powerful 258PS motor has a combined fuel efficiency figure of 17.64kmpl while emitting 178g/km of CO2. The V6 engine has an eight speed automatic gearbox and stop/start functionality as also low rolling resistance tyres to further efficiency figures and regenerative braking is used to recover kinetic energy. The new Touareg is EU6 compliant and has an all new SCR-DPF catalytic converter module which combined with AdBlue additive significantly lowers CO2 emissions.
Volkswagen will not offer the Hybrid and V8 engine variants of the Touareg in UK markets. Read all about the car in the press release below.
BEIJING AUTO SHOW DEBUT FOR REFRESHED VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG SUV
|The redesigned Volkswagen Touareg has made its debut at the Auto China show in Beijing. With a refreshed styling front and rear, new features and trims and greater efficiency, Volkswagen’s rugged yet refined premium SUV is more competitive than ever.
The front-end design of the Touareg features larger headlights (now bi-xenon as standard across the range), a deeper new radiator grille with four instead of two horizontal fins and a reprofiled bumper, all of which lend the Touareg a wider appearance.
At the rear as at the front, the redesigned bumper lends the Touareg a wider look than before, with a new rear diffuser between the twin tailpipes and LED rear foglights integrated in the bumper. New door mirror caps, a range of new wheel designs and new paint colours complete the exterior makeover.
Inside, the Touareg also gets the option of new colours for the standard leather upholstery, new design accents and new lighting.
As well as updated styling, new Touareg models come with updated technology and new safety features. All models will feature an automatic post-collision braking system, bi-xenon headlights and a coasting function on the eight-speed automatic gearbox. This last feature utilises the vehicle’s kinetic energy when driving downhill or when acceleration is not needed. As on existing Volkswagen models with coasting, it can be deactivated temporarily by simply tapping and releasing the brake pedal, or switched off through the vehicle’s systems.
The optional ADC automatic distance control has been enhanced. ADC, which uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to detect distance from the car in front, maintain a preselected speed and automatically brake or accelerate in traffic, now also includes a city emergency braking function, and can automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic.
To optimise further the Touareg’s fuel efficiency, low rolling resistance tyres are fitted, stop/start a further and battery regeneration systems are standard, and both V6 TDI engines are now EU6 emissions compliant, thanks in part to the use of a new SCR-DPF catalytic converter module which uses AdBlue to reduce emissions.
The power of the entry-level 3.0-litre V6 TDI remains at 204 PS, while the previous 245 PS unit now offers 258 PS. Fuel efficiency has increased for both models, and emissions correspondingly reduced. The 204 PS engine now returns a combined cycle 42.8 mpg and 174 g/km of CO2 (previously 40.4 and 184), while the 258 PS model returns 41.5 and 178, up from 39.9 and down from 189 (provisional data). The V8 diesel and Hybrid models will no longer be offered in the UK.
The revised Touareg is expected to open for ordering in the UK in August, ahead of first deliveries in November. More details will be available at this time.