Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Touareg 2 unveiled at New York Auto Show

Relax. Despite what Volkswagen's press release may lead you to believe, they haven't changed the name of their one and only SUV to "Touareg 2". It is a bit puzzling as to why they have attached the "2" to this facelifted Touareg. The biggest changes are up front, which now match the Volkswagen face with Eos-style headlights and that shield grille. In the back, tinted taillights are added. Touareg 2? More like Touareg 1.5.

Kidding aside, it was smart for Volkswagen not to change the formula too much. And they did improve on it by just a bit with the relatively new engines that the Touareg comes in. A 3.6L V6 replaces the previous 3.2L and now makes 280 hp and the 4.2L V8 that now makes 350 hp, 40 hp up from the previous one. The one that takes the cake is still the 5.0L V10 TDI that still makes 310 hp but produces an astounding 533 lbs. ft. of torque.

The Touareg is available with a host of features which include a rollover sensor, various driver aids, and the new ABSplus braking system which reduces stopping distance over loose roadbeds by up to 20% by temporarily locking the wheels to push loose material to help the Touareg stop. And as always, 4XMotion is standard.

You can get one sometime in the Spring (read: really soon) for $39,320.

Press release and photos after the jump.

Source: Volkswagen of America.


Features a fresh exterior and two recently updated engines

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Volkswagen’s first-ever SUV has been restyled for the 2008 model year, returning as the Touareg 2. The updated version will enter showrooms with refreshed exterior styling, an impressive list of safety features and vehicle capabilities, and three powerful engine options. After its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show, the Touareg 2 arrives at dealerships later this spring, with pricing starting at $39,320.

Taking design cues from others in the Volkswagen model lineup, the Touareg 2’s updated exterior styling now echoes the brand’s signature design with its new Volkswagen “face”— specifically its chrome front grille. The Touareg 2 also has a redesigned aerodynamic and sporty rear spoiler with integrated third brake light. Other distinctive exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, standard on the VR6 FSI, and 19-inch alloy wheels, standard on the V8 FSI and V10 TDI Twin Turbo models; redesigned headlamps and darkened taillights; redesigned luxury seating system, with standard 12-way power driver’s seat; and four all-new exterior color options – Alaska Gray, Cranberry, Galapagos and White Gold.

The Touareg 2 boasts three engine variations— with both the VR6 FSI and V8 FSI recently upgraded. The Touareg’s 3.2-liter VR6 has been replaced with a more powerful 3.6-liter VR6 FSI, which has an additional 40 horsepower, now at 280 hp. The FSI technology has considerably improved the driving performance of the Touareg 2. This significant performance upgrade is accompanied by increased torque with an optimized torque curve. The recently upgraded 4.2-liter

V8 FSI is the first eight-cylinder Volkswagen engine with unleaded fuel direct injection, generating an impressive 350 horsepower, 40 more than the previous V8, and 325 lbs. ft. of torque. The Touareg 2’s 5.0-liter V10 TDI Twin Turbo offering delivers 310 horsepower and a staggering 553 lbs. ft. of torque. All three Touareg 2’s offer an incredible 7,716 pounds of towing capacity.

The Touareg 2 also features a variety of driving systems designed to ensure safety and enhance the vehicle’s handling. These features include a new rollover sensor system, which records both turning angle and turning speed to determine whether the vehicle will encounter a possible rollover situation. The rollover sensor system merges with the airbag control device to activate side and side head curtain airbags if a rollover hazard is present. An enhanced tire pressure monitoring system that informs the driver of any tire pressure loss is now standard. The Touareg 2 features various Electronic Stabilization Program innovations, including hydraulic braking assist, a preventative braking pressure build-up system for sudden lifts off of the gas pedal which prepares the vehicle for a sudden stop. Other ESP innovations include rain brake support, which intermittently wipes the rotors dry when windshield wipers are activated; and an understeering control logic system which improves turning behavior during understeering.

In addition to these features, the Touareg 2 boasts a world-first “ABSplus” braking system. This Volkswagen-developed and patented system shortens braking distance for the Touareg 2 by up to 20 percent on loose roadbeds by pushing a portion of the road material under temporarily locked wheels to form a chock. This innovation is the first of its kind in the world and is a Touareg 2 exclusive feature.

The Touareg 2 includes a noteworthy array of vehicle capabilities. A permanent four-wheel drive system, 4XMOTION™, provides improved traction on virtually any surface. Hill Roll Back Assist and Hill Descent Assist features stabilize the Touareg 2 during off-road ventures. Standard independent suspension and improved axle pitching further allow this powerful vehicle the capability to navigate uneven terrain with confidence. The Touareg 2 also boasts 33-degree approach and departure angles, 45-degree climbing capability, 35-degree lateral inclination, adjustable air suspension and up to 23-inch fording depth with the optional air suspension.

Additional standard features include Sirius™ Satellite Radio, park distance control, power liftgate, new instrument cluster with larger display, and a new silver metallic trim standard on the VR6 FSI.

Touareg 2 is available with all-new Lux, Lux Plus and Technologie option packages. These packages further enhance the Touareg 2 with additional upgrades including a ten speaker Dynaudio premium sound system, keyless access with a start/stop button, and Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS II, which help improve night time visibility and enhances the driver’s ability to negotiate turns by allowing them to ‘see’ into the curve.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at

4XMOTION™ is a trademark of Volkswagen AG. All other trademarks used in this document are the property of their respective owners.


Blogger hardchemist said...

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Mon. Apr. 09, 06:47:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And for the first time, the Touareg V10 TDI will be available in all states when equipped with the Bluetec engine that is slated to be released sometime next year."

Wow, you've got you information wrong. The MY2006 V10 was 50 state legal.

Thu. Apr. 12, 12:04:00 p.m.  
Blogger Lorenzo said...

Ok guys, sorry about this. All this diesel news is just lost in my brain. It is true that the current V10 TDI is available in all 50 states, as the previous poster has mentioned.

Anyway, in the interest of accuracy, I have amended the article to reflect the correct information.

Thu. Apr. 12, 04:12:00 p.m.  
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