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Spy Shots: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Interior

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2011 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

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The Volkswagen Touareg has achieved only modest sales since its launch in 2003, mostly because of its lack of seven-seater capability and premium price tag compared with many of its Japanese rivals. The second-generation model is now in the works and will hopefully address many of the issues of the current version. Due to be launched in late 2010 as a 2011 model, the new Touareg will be slightly smaller than the current one but will feature a range of more fuel efficient engines, be able to seat up to seven passengers, and likely include a hybrid variant.

The new platform will be shared with the next-generation Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 and will feature increased use of aluminum to keep weight down. It will also be slightly sportier and adopt styling influences from the more recent Tiguan SUV. These latest spy shots show a prototype with a sticker marked "switch off the main power,” which suggests that this may be a new gasoline-electric hybrid.

2011 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

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Porsche is planning a hybrid version of its Cayenne SUV next year and this model’s drivetrain could easily end up in the Touareg as well. In the Porsche Cayenne, the hybrid system will feature a 333 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 teamed with a 52 horsepower electric motor.

As for the rest of the powertrains, the new engine lineup for the 2011 Touareg is expected to start with a 280 horsepower 3.2-liter V-6 gasoline engine and top out with a 345 horsepower 4.2-liter gasoline V-8. A pair of diesel engines will also be on offer including 2.7-liter and 3.0-liter turbodiesels. All the engines will be matted with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, although VW’s new 7-speed DSG may also be made available.

2011 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

2011 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

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2011 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

2011 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

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2011 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

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  1. Volkswagen seems to be waking up from its neglect of the North American market and is now looking to expand its product lineup.
     
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  2. It's funny how anyone in North America thinks they are being neglected by companies when they focus on other regions, yet are more than happy to be the region focused upon... Shows some real ignorance... About the car - the seven seats will be a major selling point, as will the new platform and new styling. I can see this becoming that sort of sporty competitor to the smaller 4WD's that focus on styling and speed (Range Rover Sports, New Cayene etc) but with the extra seats... And a way lower price point, and less luxury. Still a good car though.
     
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  3. Neglected, you say???
    The 1st Gen Touareg, Q7 and Cayenne were developed largely due to Demand from the US market!
     
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  4. I had the 06 V8 and it was more than enough power for everyday use. Honestly the V6 TDI is the one I would love to have. As long as I could get the 19 inch wheels and the premium leather I would be in for it. The Touareg is and amazing road trip vehicle. The only downside I had with mine was the gas consumption, with its weight it real had a thirst for gas. Other than that the thing was perfect.
     
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  5. The North American engine lineup should be the 300hp 3.0T used in the Audi A6..with 300 less pounds to haul and 40ft lbs more tourque than the 3.6 no one should miss the V8 plus the higher fuel economy numbers are another plus. Offer the hybrid version of this engine and the 240hp 3.0TDI and you have a winning line up. Maybe an R version with 400 plus hp could be considered?
     
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