Spy Shots: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg

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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 sometime next year 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 and be able to seat up to seven passengers.

The SUV’s 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, possibly shedding as much as 400-pounds compared with the current model. It will also be slightly sportier and adopt styling influences from the more recent Tiguan SUV.

Previously, test-mules wearing the current Touareg’s sheet metal were spotted, revealing several key changes including a wider rear end and misaligned fuel filler cap. The front of the car also featured a different intake system, positioned lower than on the current model. Shots of the interior also revealed several major changes, including an all-new instrument cluster and a similar steering wheel to the unit found in the MkVI Golf.

As for the powertrains, the engine lineup for the 2011 Volkswagen 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 turbodiesel engines will also be on offer including 2.7-liter and 3.0-liter units. All the engines will be matched with a six-speed automatic gearbox, though Volkswagen’s new seven-speed DSG may also be made available. About a year after the initial launch, a gasoline-electric hybrid model will be added to the lineup.

The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg is expected to make its world debut at January’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show.


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Comments (7)
  1. The price was the biggest problem.

  2. I have to applaud the VW Touareg for being the only true 4x4 diesel suv left in the US.
    Almost everywhere else in the world people can buy diesel Jeeps, Land Rovers, Toyotas, ect.........but our only option is the Touareg. Amazing.

  3. "The price was the biggest problem. "
    Why? What price should a premium SUV be? Is it more expensive than it's BMW, MB, Audi and Porsche competition?

  4. jeux box, it is true to what you say while I was oversees visitng Dubaithere were Chrysler(Town & Country Vans), Jeeps and other US vehicles running in Diesel platform. Why is the US so IGNORANT to accept the fact that DIESEL will be the future, down here in Puerto Rico we get B.S. US codes and we CANT get vehicles from other countries, meanwhile our next door neighbor Dominican Republic has Hyundai,Toyota diesels. It sucks!!

  5. Hmm. I have one, and getting "smaller" is not going to help. It already has less capacity than the Passat Avant (wagon). The cargo area is too small as is. It needs to lose interior bulk, and there are lots of wasteful design items that could be cut without anybody noticing to reduce price. We didn't find it too expensive relative to the competition - In fact, there was nothing that you could buy at the time that competed with it except its stablemate at Porsche. My only real complaints are milage, interior size and major quality woes the first two years of ownership

  6. Mmmm sounding delicious! I hope they didn’t bring over that spare wheel holder that was on the last model..

  7. Hi guy's,
    Like the look of the overall shape. If they do the new “corporate” style look like on the Polo and Golf, I think it will turn out to be a very neat package.

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