Touareg VW (Volkswagen)
The Volkswagen Touareg is a more recent addition to Volkswagen’s vehicles that began production in 2002 in response to its competition like the Mercedes Benz GLE and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is the first Volkswagen model to delve into the 4×4 SUV market and claims to be where luxury meets performance. It quickly became popular and in its first decade, Volkswagen sold around 720,000.
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History of the Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen released the VW Touareg at the Paris Motor Show in September 2002, shocking the entire car industry. The VW Touareg was the first 4×4 SUV vehicle designed by Volkswagen who had previously had very little off-road car experience. Though it took some 4×4 enthusiasts time to warm up to it, it stood out from the competition with its plethora of electronic controls and its unique design. Its body panels were rounded which went against the grain of the current trending style that was dominated by long flat surfaces like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Patrol or Toyota Land Cruiser. One of the most memorable moments of Volkswagen’s launch of the Touareg was the promotion for its most powerful version, the V10 TDI engine, that they filmed towing a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. This stunt was a big part of what kicked off the car’s huge sales, with over 720,000 cars sold in its first decade.
In 2007 the Volkswagen Touareg received its first facelift which was unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. It corrected some of the mistakes from the first generation and was fitted with even more powerful engines, but was still quite similar to its predecessor. The car’s body and look remained quite similar with the only major body changes to really set it apart done to the headlights and taillights. The most significant change was to the engine. It still had the same R5, 5-cylinder diesel unit, but was improved up to 172hp.
The vehicle received its third upgrade with the second generation Volkswagen Touareg launched at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Volkswagen claimed it was the biggest technical evolution for a car in the company’s history. The shape remained similar to the previous generation, however, the entire look of the car had been upgraded and changed. For example, the bumper was shaped to improve the attack angle of the car. Technical innovation was evident all through the car, from its state of the art touch screen infotainment system in the center console, iPod connectivity in the glove box, and electronic instrument cluster for the tachometer, speedometer, fuel level, and temperature gauges. The second generation Volkswagen Touareg had a wide range of engine and transmission options, with features like central and rear lockable differential through a rotating knob on the console.
This groundbreaking second generation of the VW Touareg received a facelift in 2014, introduced at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. It had general aesthetic upgrades and features to the interior and some technical upgrades to the vehicle. The body received a new grille with four chromed lines, a part of what separated it from the previous two, and a new ‘chrome & style’ package was also offered with chrome strips on the sides and rear of the car. Interior upgrades included new accents, leather colors, lighting, and controls. Technical changes included the RNS 850 radio-navigation system that could be connected to a mobile phone via Bluetooth. The navigation system was integrated with Google and the Google Earth mapping system. Mechanically it came in all diesel, petrol, and hybrid models, with the engine mated to a performant Aisin 8-speed automatic transmission.
The third and current generation of the Volkswagen Touareg was redesigned to target the big luxury SUV group of vehicles (like the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, and Porsche Cayenne), but with a more affordable package. Changes were made again to the headlights and grille that now features three horizontal chromed bars. The Volkswagen Touareg design is now based on simple lines and is much sleeker than its original more rounded body. The changes to the interior were by far the most exciting with the center stack featuring a huge 15″ touch-screen display for the infotainment system and an instrument cluster with a 12″ screen display. Volkswagen calls it their ‘Innovision Cockpit’. Mechanically, there are four engine options ranging between 234hp and 421 hp with an 8-speed automatic and an all-wheel-drive option for the entire range.
Volkswagen Touareg Specs
The current Volkswagen Touareg comes in 5 variants with one gasoline engine, three diesel engines and a hybrid engine option. The engine is a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel making 190kW of peak power at 4000rpm and 600Nm of max torque from 2250rpm. Depending on how you drive it, you can get 5.8 L/100 km from its 90L fuel tank. It has a top speed of roughly 230km/hour and can reach 100km/hour from standing still in 6.1 seconds.
The Volkswagen Touareg in Australia
The latest generation of the Volkswagen Touareg has been Volkskwagen’s main focus and flagship car for its Australian market. This is quite fitting given the harsh Australian terrain its vehicles often face. Australian car critics have praised the Volkswagen Touareg for its 3.5 tonne towing, real off-road ability, ride on standard air suspension, active safety functions, and comfortable, tech-laden interior. These features are all a big part of what makes the car a popular SUV. Their main criticism for the Volkswagen Touareg, however, stems from its lack of a seven-seat option, full-size spare tyre and its cost in comparison to other Volkswagen vehicles.
The vehicle is priced in the middle of the large SUV cars, costing an average of $89,990 depending on the model and trims. This is slightly more than cars like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland ($82,950) or the Ford Everest Titanium ($73,990), but well below an Audi Q7 which, with the same features, would cost around $136,000 or the Land Rover Discovery at $113,000.
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