Volkswagen has updated its Touareg luxury SUV ahead of a public debut in Paris next week.
The 2007 model line has a new ‘face’, revised rear styling, updated interior and seats as well as the Dynaudio sound system as an option. Right-hand drive models reach the UK at the end of January.
At the front, the revised Touareg has a new chromed grille and suuround, bonnet, front wings and bumper, plus new headlights (similar to those on the new Eos coupe/cabriolet and recently updated Touran) and mirrors. The rear lights, spoiler, bumper and exhaust pipes have also been redesigned.
The new Touareg will feature new and revised technology, including ABSPlus and additional ESP (electronic stabilisation programme) features.
ABSPlus has been developed and patented by Volkswagen and is a claimed world first. The system shortens the braking distance by up to 20% on loose driving surfaces.
New features have been added to the ESP including active rollover protection (ARP), rain brake support, fading brake support and understeer control logic, which improves the turning behaviour in the event of understeer.
VW UK told just-auto that its line-up will remain as before with three trim levels – Touareg, SE and Altitude – all with high levels of standard specification and trim.
Four engines will be available: one petrol and three diesel. These are a 3.6-litre V6 280 PS petrol; 2.5-litre TDI 174 PS with DPF (diesel particulate filter); 3.0-litre V6 TDI 225 PS with or without DPF; and the range-topping 5.0-litre V10 TDI with 313 PS and DPF. The 2.5-litre TDI will be available as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and optional Tiptronic automatic transmission. All other engines will be mated to the six speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.
The current Touareg model went on sale here in May 2003. Since launch, over 10,500 have been sold.