V6, V8 and plug-in hybrid drive. Volkswagen will initially offer the new Touareg with efficient and superior V6 turbo engines (3.0 litre capacity). They are all designed on board the SUV for maximum trailer weights of 3.5 tonnes (braked up to a gradient of 8 percent). The range of engines for the start phase in Europe: Here there will be two V6 diesel engines with 170 kW / 231 hp and 210 kW / 286 hp (TDI / each EU6 AG) as well as a 250 kW / 340 hp V6 petrol engine (TSI / EU6 AJ). The 231-hp-TDI generates a maximum torque of 500 Nm; this is 600 Nm for the 286-hp-TDI. The TSI has a maximum torque of 450 Nm. This will also be followed by a 4.0 litre V8 turbo diesel engine (EU6 AG) with a power of 310 kW / 421 hp and a substantial maximum torque of 900 Nm. This range of performance and torque guarantees the highest maximum trailer weights in the segment. In addition a plug-in hybrid drive with a system power of 270 kW / 367 hp is first planned for China. The exact launch date of the Touareg with plug-in hybrid drive in Europe has currently not yet been set.
Start of engine launch in Europe. The first Touareg engine offered for market entry in Europe is the V6 TDI with 210 kW / 286 hp. This has the following driving performances and consumption values: The Touareg V6 TDI SCR 4MOTION (weight: 1,995 kg) accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds with this engine. The SUV reaches the maximum speed of 235 km/h or 238 km/h with the optional air suspension. This compares with an average fuel consumption of 6.9 l/100 km (NEDC); the corresponding CO2- emission value is 182 g/km. The driving performances and consumption values of the other Touareg versions will follow.
All-wheel drive 4MOTION. The new third generation of Touareg is also equipped with a permanent all-wheel drive (4MOTION) as standard. The all-wheel drive is coupled with an 8-gear automatic gearbox (gear shift by “Shift by Wire”, gear display in the handle and on the instruments) as standard that can transmit drive torques of up to 1,000 Nm. A centre differential lock with asymmetric dynamic torque distribution acts as a transfer box for the flow of forces between the front and rear axle. A maximum of 70 percent of the drive force reaches the front axle and up to 80 percent to the rear axle.
4MOTION Active Control. The standard all-wheel drive Touareg is equipped with 4MOTION Active Control with driving profile selection. The system is operated via a so-called operating unit for driving mode selection in the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and different pop-up menus. If the driver turns the round switch to the left, he accesses the road profile. If the switch is turned to the right, the offroad profile opens. 4MOTION Active Control can be used to adapt all relevant assist systems to the drive situation in seconds. The driving profile selection is also standard. Here the driver can individually control the parameters for the automatic gearbox, the automatic air conditioner, the steering system, the different assist systems, the 4-Corner air suspension as well as the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the response behaviour of the engine depending on the series and optional equipment.
Details of the driving profile selection. The five standard and four optional driving profiles can be selected via a corresponding menu in the infotainment system and/or the 4MOTION Active Control.
Overview of the onroad driving profile
- “Eco” (optimised for consumption)
- “Comfort” (optimised for comfort on long trips)
- “Normal” (balanced standard)
- “Sport” (increased dynamics)
- “Individual” (parameters can be individually selected)
Overview of the offroad driving profile
- “Snow” (optimised for slippery roads)
- “Offroad Auto” (optional with “Offroad package” / optimised for general offroad situations)
- “Sand” (optional with “offroad package” / adapted for deep sand, without Hill Descent Control)
- “Gravel” (optional with “Offroad package” / for light terrain such as dirt roads)
- “Offroad Expert“ (optional with “Offroad package” / offroad parameters can be individually selected)
Offroad package. The optional driving profiles of the Touareg are available in conjunction with the Offroad Package that is available as special equipment. In parallel with the additional driving profiles, it includes two towing eyes, a fuel tank increase from 75 to 90 litres as well as an underseal system with radiator grille, a reinforced underbody guard, a protective part for the 12V battery, particularly robust aerodynamic fairing as well as a tank guard and a stone deflector.
3.5 tonne maximum trailer weight and new towing bracket. The new Touareg is one of the few passenger cars designed for maximum trailer weights up to 3.5 tonne (braked, up to twelve percent gradient). Due to its running gear configuration, permanent all-wheel drive and high-torque V6 and V8 engines, the Touareg masters these trailer weights effortlessly. Like its predecessor, a high percentage of new Touaregs are expected to be configured and ordered with a towing bracket. It was newly developed and now offers a maximum level of comfort as the ball neck of the towing bracket is electrically retracted out and extended from the underbody with a press of a button. Thanks to the new system of the towing bracket, bicycle carriers for up to four instead of three bicycles can now be mounted