Review of the New 2011 Volkswagen Touareg – Full New Car Details – Road & Track

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By Shaun Bailey. March 8,

Shortly after the Geneva Show we had the opportunity to drive new 2011 Touareg in Florence, The big news is the Touareg Hybrid, but not the only thing new. off there’s the new look. The front end of the new Touareg has adopted the new VW corporate It’s manly, but not aggressive.

It the Touareg nicely making it more like a large

Up close, however, there is no the Touareg for the large SUV it is. And it is larger, slightly longer (1.6 and wider (0.5 in.) the previous generation while a tad lower (0.7 in.). The length is mostly in the wheelbase, and improves the rear seat leg

The sliding rear seat is spacious than before, with seating for five.

you’ll see a VW that rivals interior design, with quality soft materials, chrome surrounds and fine inlays. It’s a step the Passat CC, and I dare say the Phaeton as

The Touareg has a new key fob. Gone is the key.

Instead, the entire about half the size of a cell phone, is inserted a slot on the dash#151;where a key would go. And then the entire key is twisted to It’s an old idea, new again.

The of this key twist varies powertrain option. The base with its 3.6-liter V-6 (aka the starts up with a muted The 3.0-liter V-6 TDI makes a muted while the Hybrid simply up the dash. All three of these are coming to the U.S.

The one that isn’t is the V-8 TDI.

the V-8 in the lineup is VW’s first A supercharged V-6, the same Audi#146;s S4, is mated to 47-hp motor. The combined output is for 375 hp and 425 lb.-ft. torque. A clutch the electric motor to decouple the engine, thus providing electric power when When driving the hybrid it was common for the engine to decouple and the Touareg driving silently in electric.

The system is very aggressive at off the engine, but when needed a of the gas pedal brings the supercharged V-6 to Power aplenty is on tap in an instant. If was anything quirky about the it’s this: The brake felt a bit too light for smooth In comparison to other hybrids, the VW seems aimed at maximizing time, the result being a experience that reminds you in something mechanically unique.

In the U.S. market, only the Hybrid will have the start/stop feature.

Every model has an 8-speed automatic and is rated to tow 7700 pounds. the Hybrid. All-wheel drive is a simplified variant of 4Motion.

And in an to save fuel the Touareg has on a diet, weighing on average 400 lb. less than the outgoing

We’ll have to wait the fall for final specifications on efficiency and cost, but expect the to cost about $51,000, the venerable VR6 powered model be priced around $41,000. The V-6 with its Hybrid like economy, will start at $45,000. As good as the Hybrid is, the TDI the best bang for the buck?

We’ll have to wait and see the EPA test results are in.

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