REDESIGNED TOUAREG MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT AUTO CHINA SHOW IN BEIJING
∙ Features new online services, EU6 TDI, coasting function and automatic postcollision braking
∙ New front and rear styling on the Touareg.
∙ Bixenon headlights standard in all versions.
∙ Standard automatic postcollision braking system to avoid secondary collisions for all V6 TDI
∙ Interior features new leather colours, accents,buttons/controls and exclusive white illumination
∙ V6 TDI (European version) fulfils EU6 emissions standard with newly developed SCRDPF
∙ All Touareg models have coasting function as standard.
∙ Mobile online services such as "Google Earth™ mapping service", "Google Street View™" and
"Online traffic information" launch this autumn in Europe.
∙ New colours and new wheels (up to 21 inch).
∙ New RLine packages add dynamism to exterior and interior.
∙ Market launch this summer.
Wolfsburg / Beijing, April 2014. The Touareg is one of the world's most successful
premiumclass SUVs. Within one decade, Volkswagen sold around 720,000 units of the
highclass sport utility vehicle; last year alone over 70,000 drivers chose a new Touareg, which
combines the best of the passenger car and offroad worlds in one concept. Now, Volkswagen is
presenting a world premiere of a further advanced version of the Touareg at Auto China in
The 2014 generation can be made out by the new front and rear designs and by its new colours
and wheels. In terms of technology, all V6 TDI versions now come equipped with an automatic
postcollision braking system (helps prevent a secondary collision in case of an accident),
bixenon headlights and a coasting function. While coasting, the engine is decoupled from the
8speed automatic gearbox to utilise the car's kinetic energy on mountain descents or in driving
phases in which acceleration is not needed. Aerodynamic refinements and the introduction of
new tyres optimied for low rolling resistance also improve fuel economy in everyday operation.
The V6 TDI engines of the Touareg were converted so that they fulfill the EU6 emissions
standard that takes effect in 2015 in Europe.
The standard steelspring running gear was optimised; improvements include more agile
steering response and a gain in comfort. An air suspension is available as an option for the
Touareg; it can be used, for instance, to increase the vehicle's ground clearance by up to 300
mm in offroad driving. At higher speeds (from 140 km/h), the body is automatically lowered by
the air suspension. Further developed was ACC adaptive cruise control with Front Assist
including City Emergency Braking (now with stop and go function).
Upgraded and networked.
The interior of the versatile allround vehicle is marked by new features, including new accents,
leather colours, lighting solutions and controls. In conjunction with the RNS 850 radionavigation
system and mobile phone preparation, the Touareg will launch with "mobile online services"
starting this autumn in Europe. In the initial phase, the following will be available:
PointsofInterest (POI) search via Google, map display via Google Earth™ mapping service,
Google Street View™ functionality and "online traffic information". The latest version of the
Touareg will launch on the market in diesel (TDI), petrol (FSI and TSI) and hybrid (TSI plus
emotor) models this summer.
Exterior design and features
The frontend design of the Touareg was completely redeveloped. Especially distinctive are the
headlights which are now larger; moreover, bixenon headlights are now standard on all versions
of the Touareg. The trapezoidshaped lights create a line towards the redesigned radiator grille
in the middle of the vehicle. In contrast to the previous model, the grille is trimmed with four
transverse chrome fins instead of two ; the two lower fins are visually extended into the
Together, the radiator grille and headlights form a prominent wide band. Designed as a parallel
line beneath it is the new bumper, which is now styled for a more horizontal effect. The new
design gives the Touareg an even wider and more impressive appearance. Fitting into this visual
image is the lower area of the bumper with its completely new look. As on the new Scirocco R,
the 280PS sports car from Volkswagen, the lower air inlet now forms a stylised "A" instead of a
"V" that transitions into the side air inlets to the right and left. This gives the new Touareg a fuller
stance on the road.
When the "Chrome & Style" package is ordered, there is a chrome strip on the next level, which
is continued into the side and rear body sections. Beneath this strip are the newly designed fog
lights that are coord inated with the new bumper design. At the bottom level, there is a new front
spoiler which perfects the aerodynamics of the underbody and the front wheels.
From the rear, the more precise styling of the Touareg is marked by its new, cleanly designed
bumper, which – similar to the same area at the front end – emphasises the width of the SUV.
When the "Chrome & Style" package is ordered, a wrap around chrome strip is integrated in the
bumper. Integrated between the exhaust tailpipes is a diffuser that has also been redesigned.
Designers have relocated the LED rear fog lights to the bumper, which – as in the previous
model – also integrates the rear reflectors. Visual highlights in the area of the boot lid, viewed
from bottom to top, are the redesigned VW badge and a sharpened character line between the
rear lights (LED optional).
From the sides, the Touareg is distinguished by two new wheel designs. The 18inch wheel of
the new model generation is the "Arica" alloy wheel whose distinctive and sporty look includes
ten spokes. The 20inch "Masafi" alloy wheels, on the other hand, have five twin spokes.
Supplementing the optional windows that absorb 65 per cent of the light, there is an option for 90
per cent lightabsorbing rear glass which gives an almost opaque appearance to those looking in
from the outside.
Volkswagen is offering the latest Touareg in a total of twelve body colours; five of these colours
are new to the programme: "Light Silver Metallic", "Sand Gold Metallic", "Moonlight Blue Metallic",
"Black Oak Brown Metallic" and "Reef Blue Metallic".
Interior design and features
The interior of the Touareg reflects an extraordinary alliance of rugged SUV elements and
sophisticated premium class elements. SUV elements in the Touareg include the aluminium
rotary knobs for the Climatronic system, running gear adjustment, air suspension,
radionavigation system, mirror adjustment and the air vent knobs – they have now all been
replaced by a new style of rotary knob, which has been perfected both to look and to touch.
Also conspicuous is the white – rather than red – illumination of all controls. Also new: chrome
accents around the control panel modules and the running gear adjustment controls. Above the
infotainment system, the central push button/display bar on the centre console was extended;
previously, the three elements: "Park Distance Control" (PDC), hazard warning unit and status
display "Passenger airbag off" were the controls here, from left to right. Now, a new switch for
steering wheel heating has been added to the left of the PDC push button, and the new push
button for windscreen heating has been integrated to the right of the passenger airbag indicator.
New in the area of the front seats: a manual lumbar support adjustment for the entrylevel
Upholstery materials and accents.
The lineup of upholstery materials and wood accents was also extended. Consider the "Vienna
leather": a fourth colour, "Bonanza Brown" (dark brown), is now offered in addition to the colours
"Titan black", "Corn Silk Beige" and "Natural Brown". Besides these four colours, there is also
the very elegant "Nappa leather" which can now be ordered in the new colour "St. Tropez" (light
sand hue). Also new: the two fine wood accents "Sapelli Mahagoni" and "Engineered Ebony".
Extensive range of standard features.
The V6 FSI and V6 TDI models come from the factory equipped with standard features such as
bixenon headlights (new for all versions), all wheel drive, 17 inch alloy wheels (size 235 tyres),
cruise control system with multifunction steering wheel, RCD 550 infotainment system with
touchscreen, stopstart system, regenerative braking, coasting function, climate control system
(Climatronic), servo steering and ESC with trailer stabilisation function. The V8 versions and the
Touareg Hybrid are distinguished by extra standard features such as 18inch alloy wheels (size
255 tyres), the "Chrome & Style" design package, comfort seats in "Vienna leather", fine wood
accents, electric opening and closing function for the boot lid, anti theft warning system and the
Keyless Access locking and engine starting system. Also factoryinstalled is a rear bench seat
that offers 160 mm of longitudinal adjustment; the seat backrest angle can also be adjusted. The
rear bench seat can be electrically unlatched as an option; this folds it down in seconds and
frees up 1,642 litres of cargo capacity.
In late summer, Volkswagen will also be launching the very sporty RLine features packages
(exterior and interior). The RLine exterior package upgrades the outside of the SUV and includes
such features as 19inch alloy wheels ("Salvador" design; other 19, 20 and 21inch wheels
available as options), bumpers in RLine design (front bumper in st yle of Touareg V8 versions),
glossy black air inlets with additional chrome trim, side sill extensions, glossy black diffuser at
rear (also with additional chrome trim), chrome tailpipes for the Touareg V8 versions and a rear
spoiler that is as distinctive as it is sporty. In addition, an R Line decal in the radiator grille
screen signposts the car's dynamic features.
The RLine interior package adds the following to the Touareg: a sport steering wheel, R Line
"Silver Lane" inlays, R Line door sill plates, stainless steel pedal caps and tinted rear windows.
The package can also be optionally extended to include a black rooflining, black piano finish i
nlays and sport seat system in "Nappa leather" (twotone) or "Alcantara/Nappa" with the R logo
on the head restraints (Germany: interior package and extension do not include tinted rear
windows or piano finish).
The Touareg offers numerous assistance and convenience systems to the most innovative SUV
on the market. Some examples: its parking brake is activated at the push of a button. The motor
oil level is electronically displayed in the Touareg. Automatic opening and closing of the boot lid is
optional. The largest panoramic sliding sunroof of any SUV brings ample light into the car even
on overcast days. The Area View assistance system recognises the surrounding environment of
the Touareg via four cameras, which adds to the vehicle's safety. Up to nine airbags offer
Lane Assist ensures that the vehicle does not stray from the proper path; and Side Assist warns
of vehicles approaching from the rear when changing lanes. ACC adaptive cruise control plus
Front Assist with City Emergency Braking brakes to a standstill if necessary. The PreCrash
occupant protection system networks the assistance systems and ensures that in case of an
accident not only are the belts tensioned, but – if lateral dynamics indicate this is necessary –
the windows and the panoramic sunroof are closed. Also innovative are the bi xenon headlights
with optional Dynamic Light Assist. This camera based mainbeam control system "sees"
oncoming traffic and vehicles driving ahead and automatically controls the main beam lights,
individually for each headlight – via The cornering light module – without producing gla re for
others in traffic. Altogether, the sum of these parts makes the Touareg one of the safest vehicles
Engine and allwheel drive technology
V6 and V8 engines.
The allwheel drive Touareg is available – depending on the sales region – as a model with a
turbodiesel (V6 and V8 TDI), petrol (V6 and V8 FSI), turbocharged petrol (V6 TSI) or Hybrid (V6
TSI & electric motor) drive system. The V6 engines come with an 8speed automatic gearbox.
All engines have a stop start system as standard; they also ut ilise regenerative braking to
recover kinetic energy.
4MOTION. In the base version, all Touareg vehicles have the 4MOTION allwheel drive system
with Torsen differential lock (max. climbing angle: 31 degrees). In addition, all Touareg versions
have an offroad driving programme that is operated via a two stage rotary switch. It configures
the ABS, EDS and ASR systems for off road use and activates hill climb assist and gearshift
points of the automatic gearbox.
As an option, customers can order the Touareg V6 TDI with 190 kW / 258 PS with the Terrain
Tech package; in this case, instead of a Torsen differential the vehicle is equipped with a
differential that is designed to be even more sturdy for off road use. It includes a reduction gear
stage and central a nd rear differential locks that offer up to 100 per cent locking (4XMOTION:
max. climbing angle of 45 degrees). This version has a five stage turn wheel which the driver
uses to configure the SUV for different uses.
European diesel – V6 TDI with SCRDPF catalytic converter and V8 TDI. In Europe, customers
can choose from three TDI engines and the Touareg Hybrid. The TDI engines produce 150 kW /
204 PS, 190 kW / 258 PS (10 kW more now) and 250 kW / 340 PS. The Touareg Hybrid has a
total system power output o f 279 kW / 380 PS. The two V6 TDI engines will now conform to the
EU6 emissions standard that takes effect in September 2015. As part of this Conversion, the two
engines are now equipped with a new SCR DPF catalytic converter module, an SCR metering
module (AdBlue) and an additional blocking catalytic converter (removes excess ammonia); in
addition, the emission control system has an oxidation catalytic converter.
At the same time, fuel consumption of the 204 PS V6 TDI BlueMotion Technology version was
redu ced from 7.0 l/100 km (equates to 184 g/km CO 2) to 6.6 l/100 km (174 g/km CO 2). As
mentioned, the power was boosted in the 258 PS version: The "large" V6 TDI now develops 10
kW / 13 PS more power; and yet its fuel consumption was reduced from 7.2 l/100 km (equates
to 189 g/km CO2) to 6.8 l/100 (178 g/km CO2). The most powerful diesel continues to be the V8
TDI with 250 kW / 340 PS.
European petrol engines – hybrid drive with V6 TSI and electric motor. In Europe, Volkswagen is
offering the Touareg Hybrid, which has a 245 kW / 333 PS V6 TSI (turbocharged direct petrol
injection engine) together with a 38 kW / 52 PS electric motor. When the two drive sources are
working together (boosting), the maximum system power of 279 kW / 380 PS and maximum
torque of 580 Newton metres are attained. Despite that, the Touareg Hybrid sets the benchmark
among fullyfledged offroad SUVs with a petrol engine with a fuel consumption figure of just 8.2
l/100 km (equates to 193 g/km CO2). It can drive at speed up to 50 km/h in all electric driving –
with zero emissions. Like all Touareg versions, the Hybrid version is also designed for trailer
loads of up to 3.5 metric tonnes.
Global petrol and diesel engines – V6 and V8 engines. In Asia, the new Touareg is being offered
with three petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol engines for China produce 213 kW / 290 PS
and 235 kW / 320 PS (both V6 TSI) and 265 kW / 360 PS (V8 TSI). For Russia, Volkswagen
offers the new Touareg with two petrol engines; they develop 183 kW / 249 PS (V6 FSI) and – as
in China – 265 kW / 360 PS (V8 FSI). In the USA and Canada, Volkswagen will offer versions of
the Touareg with a V6 FSI ( 206 kW / 280 PS), a Hybrid drive system (279 kW / 380 PS) and a
V6 TDI (176 kW / 239 PS).
Fuel consumption reduced by up to six per cent. Thanks to extensive aerodynamic
improvements (such as air inlet openings in front, modified door mirror caps, new wheel spoiler),
tyres optimised for low rolling resistance and standard 8 speed automatic gearbox optimised for
low friction, Volkswagen was able to improve the fuel efficiency of the Touareg by up to six per
cent (V6 TDI with 150 kW).
In everyday driving, fuel consumption is also reduced by an optimised stopstart system (engine
is stopped at speeds under 7 km/h now) and by the regenerative braking function. In addition, a
standard coasting function for the V6 versions (until now only available with the Touareg Hybrid)
optimises fuel economy in everyday driving. How it works: as soon as the driver releases the
accelerator pedal, the engine is decoupled from the gearbox; this is also known as "coasting".
This is even possible at vehicle speeds up to 130 km/h, so it can be used in motorway driving.