New 2011 Volkswagen Touareg now available in New Zealand

New 2011 Volkswagen Touareg now available in New Zealand

Volkswagen has launched its completely redeveloped Touareg into the New Zealand market with a special event held this week.

The 2011 Touareg is coming out swinging into the competitive luxury SUV market with an updated range of engines that are up to 25 percent more fuel efficient. There’s also some clever new driver assistance and safety systems. The Touareg V6 TDI with 7.4 litre combined fuel consumption now posts among the best value in the segment.

The new standard model Touareg was lightened by over 200 kgs, but has greater torsional rigidity and is built lower to the ground with improved aerodynamics. Together with front end styling based on the new Volkswagen family face, this results in a smaller frontal area. All engines are now offered with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 TDI models feature VolkswagenŸs BlueMotion Technologies — which include a revolutionary start-stop system that automatically shuts off the engine when the car is stationary, a regenerative braking system which recycles braking energy and low friction tyres.

Also modified in pursuit of reduced fuel consumption was the standard all-wheel drive system. All new generation Touaregs have all-wheel drive (“4Motion”) with a Torsen limited-slip differential. The Touareg also has an “Off-road driving programme”, which – at the press of a button – tunes the ABS, EDS and ASR for off-road duty, activates Hill Descent Assist and adjusts the automatic gearshift points. The V6 TDI can also be ordered with an optional “Terrain Technology” package that includes a traditional transfer case designed for off-road duty. It includes reduction gearing and centre and rear differentials, each with up to 100 percent locking.

In terms of interior the new Touareg has a rear bench seat that can slide and the backrest angle can be adjusted. Electrically unlatched at the press of a button as an option, it folds down in seconds and frees up 1,642 litres of cargo space. Already standard equipment in the V6 TDI models is a radio-CD and info system, which is intuitively controlled over a 6.5-inch touch-screen.

When it comes to safety the Touareg has nine airbags including a driver knee airbag. Lane Assist ensures that the vehicle does not stray from the right path; meanwhile, Side Assist warns of vehicles approaching from the rear when changing lanes. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with integrated Front Assist can brake to a stop in an emergency and tension the seatbelts as a precautionary measure. Bi-Xenon headlights with Dynamic Light Assist perceive oncoming traffic and adjust the light beam to eliminate unwanted glare, and adaptive roll compensation ensures that the Touareg sits solidly on the street.

Here in NZ two specification levels are currently available for the Touareg — the V6 TDI (176 kW) and the V8 TDI (250kW) models. Joining them in approximately April 2011 is the new V6 TDI (150kW). All are 200kgs lighter than the previous models and sport 8 speed Tiptronic transmissions.

The V6 TDI 150kW produces 400Nm of torque and is equipped with “4MOTION” permanent four-wheel drive with Torsen gearbox as standard. Wheels as standard are 17″ Atacama alloys and a premium mobile phone with Bluetooth (rSAP profile, Hands Free Profile, A2DP profile) including voice control lets you keep in touch safely. Park distance control (front and rear) make tight spaces about town a breeze and cricket leather with manual front seat adjustment ensure driver comfort. RRP $92,000.

In addition the V6 TDI 176kW (+26kW) produces 550Nm of torque and is equipped with 18″ Karakum alloys as standard. Privacy glass adds a touch of mystery whilst also providing shade from the summer sun. Vienna leather upholstery with comfort front seats provide extra cushioning. RRP $106,000.

The V8 TDI 250kW produces 800Nm of torque and is equipped with Bi-xenon headlights with cornering light and LED daytime running lights. 19″ Everest alloys and Nappa leather with electric front seat adjustment and memory distinguish this more premium model. Also as standard are RNS 510 satellite navigation with reversing camera, keyless entry and start and sports package (brushed aluminum dash and centre console inserts, pedals, scuff plates and dark roof lining). RRP $139,000.

Dean Sheed, Volkswagen General Manager for New Zealand, says the Touareg is the epitome of what Volkswagen stands for globally “Building on the success locally of the last Touareg model, the new Touareg encompasses everything you could wish for in an SUV. With the addition of BlueMotion Technologies in our V6 TDI, the new Touareg is innovative and will take you anywhere you want to go whilst using less fuel. The Touareg is lighter than before by 200kgs and with the addition of the 150kW in April, there truly is a Volkswagen SUV for everyone.”

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