First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg lightens up while getting serious – Autoblog

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First Drive: 2011 Touareg lightens up while serious

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The outgoing Volkswagen range has always lived on the side of the tracks in America. It was a expensive Volkswagen. Notice we can’t just say it was a big, vehicle, because those are almost as much the norm as else we must qualify descriptors with the word

And we can’t help but think part of the reason this SUV never really made a anywhere in the U.S. except in

Car buying is a little different in than it is in America. Consumers home an order sheet and choose each option, submit it to a dealer and wait for for their car to be built. In America, we up at a dealer lot and expect to get the ride we right now.

This is one of the that the current Touareg a stiff sales climate. something like 170 build potential buyers had lottery-like of finding the one they wanted on any day. Play around the configurator on the VW site and you’ll see even wheel choices change your interior selections.

Of course, there has been the matter of price. aren’t cheap again, for A 2010 Touareg V6 FSI starts at the V6 TDI diesel at $44,350.

Add the technology to the cheaper model to get DVD navigation and you are at From there, $50,000 is a whisper away. VW said were cross shopping the GMC and it maxes out at about $47,000 if you everything possible at the top-of-the-line a vehicle that may be less off-road, but it’s also larger than the Touareg and eight.

The Acura MDX is priced to the VW, is a seven-seater and gets about the miles per gallon. but it has a bit more clout.

And, of course, was also the size and the avoirdupois . It small, especially for a dedicated and while the Touareg’s 4XMOTION air setup could get you just anywhere as an eye-opening trip to showed us a couple of years ago you for it in heft and a heavy tiller. As you have reasonably surmised, also shopping Acadias and aren’t usually trying to Hell’s Revenge they to get to the cabin or the after-school sports or grandma’s house in one piece and a bit of style. And they don’t to scratch their Galapagos while doing it.

When it comes to the raw truths by numbers, while 500,000 and Touareg2 models were worldwide, Americans didn’t a good showing as part of total.

In true Men in Black though, you can wipe those clean. The old Touareg is gone, and the new one is like it. No, really, nothing.

we asked what was new, we told Everything. When we for clarification, just to make we understood, David Sweet, the manager for marketing in the U.S. It’s an entirely new vehicle. we were sure he added, part of the word ‘everything’ you understand?

Along with the new Touareg’s attitude changes than the vehicle, at least as far as the is concerned. We don’t get most of the features in this new SUV. A of blacked out menu options

Dynamic Light Assist . continuous main beam sees oncoming traffic and dims and adjusts the direction of main beam headlight to other drivers, oncoming and in the direction, from suffering U.S. regulations don’t the technology.

Side Assist . a warning system that detects the closing speed of approaching you. Not coming it’s expensive and was developed for Autobahn-like closing speeds, not highways.

Lane Assist . note of the lane you’re in, and if you to stray sends a mild through the steering wheel. not cost-effective for American buyers.

on the non-hybrid Touaregs . the tech count toward the EPA cycle, so VW think it fair to charge for that has no benefit they point to on paper.

Cross view camera . lets the see 90 degrees to the left and right at located at the very front and of the Touareg i.e. around the Felt to be more suited to out into narrow European than American driving

334-horsepower, 599 pound-feet V8 TDI that the V10 TDI. We get the V6 FSI, V6 TDI and Hybrid.

the full-fat four-wheel-drive system air suspension has been replaced by Torsen limited-slip differential 4Motion which is lighter and expensive. It also can’t you as many places as the 4XMotion, but VW no one in the U.S. was using their as Unimogs.

Automatic Cruise . the same kind of system its way through all kinds of luxury this version works in stop-and-go traffic. Again, is the problem.

So what’s left? A nicer, curvier and comparatively expensive SUV that, frankly, is the Touareg should have the first time around.

We we’ve discussed the size so we’ll admit right now the new Touareg is larger. It gets an inch-and-a-half longer and a half-inch with the front track just a hair and the rear growing by about half an as well. It sits a half-inch the lowest SUV in the class other its sister, the new Porsche Cayenne .

The size outside and the 1.5-inch wheelbase translates into roominess inside, with from 1.75 inches to 2.7 more elbow, shoulder and room. There is more for cargo as well, something the Touareg didn’t exactly

Volkswagen has pulled off this the right way, though. The new is about 400 pounds lighter the last, due to the use of aluminum and high-strength tailored blanks and lighter insulation. And yes, that the Hybrid.

Serious weight came from the 4Motion limited-slip diff setup the 4XMotion air suspension and center and differentials. In a case of VW designing a to be used the way people actually it, the … 4XMotion can be ordered as of a Terrain Tech package, but the system alone is left to the speed bumps and gravel roads the average Touareg find its greatest challenge.

sure you’ll never be out in the cold, though, the 4MOTION has electronic differential locks at all wheels, 31 degrees of climbing and an off-road driving program tunes the ABS, EDS and ASR for off-road activates Hill Descent and adjusts the automatic gearshift

Should you need more and you not live in American, as VW has clarified we won’t get it the Terrain Tech uses a familiar rotary to set the system to one of five levels: off-road, which adds control of the mechanical locks; which adds reduced higher shift points and no upshift in manual mode; a mode that locks the diff; and a fifth mode locks the rear diff.

The curb weight of the European V6 FSI is 4,477 pounds, quite a from the portly 5,086 of the outgoing U.S. model. has a bit more standard equipment and so has a base curb weight, but the is clearly there and dramatic. The V6 TDI is 4,618 pounds, and the Hybrid is pounds.

In the looks department, we that this new Touareg is hugely superior to the outgoing We enjoyed the previous Touareg as we had no problem admitting it appeared to been squeezed out of a tube. Touareg has replaced mere with curves and shoulders and so even though it’s it looks smaller, sleeker and more sporty.

The body-colored and shaped, integrated exhaust only add to the complete picture.

We do the facial treatment could been given a special or two something more prominent the headlights and U-shaped line of that is instead of having an version of the New Corporate VW front. But just us. Ultimately, no matter how you it in, the new Touareg looks like one expect a VW SUV to look.

Perhaps the saved those curves no needed up front for the interior. It is and concave all over and truly with cross-stitching accenting the new and valleys. The redesigned front are comfy going the distance, the tunnel has been reshaped to more legroom and the center moved forward to provide support.

Ensconced on the new back with the front seats where we had plenty of room, remained more than two between our legs and the front The back bench also six inches fore-and-aft and reclines a few

The 6.5-inch touchscreen DVD system, will be standard in the U.S. is to navigate and has a 3-D view with landmarks built in. A 60-GB drive has 18 GB set aside for you to download media. It works in conjunction the seven-inch, 15:9 aspect multifunction display in the dash, the gauges.

Color and brightness for both was excellent in every light we encountered.

In fact, the new Touareg is with premium touches an electronic parking brake, an engine oil level display replaces the dipstick, a start-stop on the keyless entry model and a key can be turned right or left to the car on all models, an electronic tailgate can be programmed to open to a preset (to avoid scraping in low-hanging ambiance lighting in the footwells and four Area View that provide a 360-degree around the car, a panorama park distance control and the aforementioned bi-xenon headlights LED daytime running lights.

Yet the story isn’t all more this car, less and play parts as well and not concerning weight. There be fewer option choices. On the V6 FSI and TDI are three build choices. includes bi-xenon and LED driving 18-inch wheels, DVD navigation and camera, and 12-way power and passenger seats. The next adds Vienna Leather, seats, the panoramic sunroof, trim and 19-inch wheels.

The top of the model throws in the 12-speaker, Dynaudio system; PDC; Key; heated rear and steering wheel and 20-inch The Hybrid will be available in that top trim level, riding on 19-inch wheels all-season low-resistance tires. in the Terrain and Tow packages, and Volkswagen has build options from than 170 to about 20.

The first of options, and the one that will be the least expensive when VW pricing, is the V6 FSI. More than the current Touareg2 V6 the direct-injection lump will 275 horsepower and 265 pound-feet. The one above will be the BlueMotion V6 TDI, a turbodiesel with 236 hp and 405 pound-feet comes on from 2,000

They both do the 0-to-62-mph run in 7.8

In Europe, those engines get Stop-Start, but we won’t. We will, get the eight-speed automatic transmission is now standard throughout the range. The which shifts faster the current six-speeder and has a 20-percent spread, uses the top two gears as fuel-consumption-reducing ratios. At 80 mph the tach at just 2,200 rpm.

Volkswagen hasn’t released EPA numbers yet, but you can expect better than the 14 city/20 miles per gallon of the VR6 FSI and 18/25 of the V6 TDI models.

It is the Hybrid that the marquee space, though. It a supercharged, direct-injection V6 TSI with 333 and 324 lb-ft of torque to a Hybrid powered by a nickel metal-hydride pack in what would be the wheel recess under the area. The 288-volt battery with 240 individual cells has a output of 38 kW. It can propel the Touareg on power alone for about a 1.5 at speeds up to 32 mph.

Stomp on the gas a standstill and you get to 62 in 6.5 seconds because the power numbers jump to 375 hp and 428

The heart of the parallel hybrid is the 121-pound, 15-inch wide Hybrid Module, which has a electric motor and a disengagement Essentially what it does is act to or disengage the ICE and electric motor each other or the drivetrain. As in other hybrid, you can have the V6 in use or just electricity or both, but by able to disengage the electric completely, VW has kept the Touareg’s and towing performance.

The 7,500-pound capacity more than a GMC Hybrid and the same for all versions of the wouldn’t be possible if you couldn’t set the motor entirely aside.

of which, that is what enables the Touareg to sail. the engine isn’t needed to move the vehicle, it is disengaged the transmission. When you are coasting a hill, for instance, the disengagement in the Hybrid Module unhooks the V6, the is shut off and the tachometer falls to You notice you coast a lot further as because there’s no engine to drag on the driveline.

This can be done up to 100 mph.

How do they go? let the 7.8-second time and the gap between the and Hybrid version throw you off of them are slow and even the engine, the V6 FSI, delivers motoring pleasure. Sure, it bolt from the line the Hybrid, but on the move, its pickup, by the quick-shifting and additional cogs of the automatic, never let a driver

The diesel is a bit more peppy, but it is the that gets moving quickly when you sound the

With the loss of the air suspension is tied to the 4XMotion and so won’t be on any without the Terrain Tech road feel returns to the of a middle-premium SUV. Cornering table flat, potholes a bit louder, and bad roads make a bit fuss, but it is all still premium.

The have done a good job you feel the loss of that 500 though the cargo-ship stolidity of the model is gone, replaced by a capable, more nimble that offers more of all around. The new Touareg will itself well when with VW’s target

The Hybrid’s features like and coasting were superb. As you to stop for a light, the engine down and you roll to a stop on power. All systems are maintained, so steering, brake boosting and the remain on call. When you your foot off the brake to away, you can roll away on power alone if you don’t ask for a lot of

If you need to get going right peak electric power in to move the car the first meter the ICE comes on, silently, and spools up to over on-the-go. It exhibits all the you could eve want in such a on top of which you can do the off-road thing and an enormous trailer.

If Volkswagen the Touareg right when it the market later this and the officials in attendance gave indication that pricing is a priority then they need to worry about just 500,000 of these new over its product life Provided VW can right the Touareg’s reliability legacy with new model, we expect more will show up for this and wouldn’t even be surprised if showed up to request an American-sized of the sales pie.

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