First Impressions from Geneva 2010: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg

German carmaker Volkswagen has been unveiled its new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg as ‘the most technically innovative Volkswagen since the brand has been in existence’ here in Geneva.

German carmaker Volkswagen has been unveiled its new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg as ‘the most technically innovative Volkswagen since the brand has been in existence’ here in Geneva.

The new 2011 Touareg is reinterpreting the fascinating idea of a multipurpose SUV in a contemporary way – thanks to its up to 25 percent more fuel efficient engines and a large variety of new assistance and safety systems. The new Touareg will be the first Volkswagen to be offered in a hybrid version (V6 TSI plus E-motor).

When the V6 TSI and E-motor operate simultaneously (boosting), this produces a combined power of up to 279 kW /380 PS as measured on a dynamometer, and a torque of maximum 580 Newton-metres. The Touareg Hybrid sets standards among fully off-road capable SUVs with petrol engines with its fuel consumption value of just 8.2 litres fuel per 100 kilometres. It can be driven at speeds of up to 50 km/h in purely electric mode − emissions-free.

Fuel economy and emissions values of the conventionally powered Touareg versions were significantly improved. Consider the V6 FSI, a direct-injection petrol engine with 206 kW /280 PS: With a fuel economy of 9.9 l/100 km, the powerful 360 Newton-metre 3.6-litre engine consumes a substantial 2.5 litres less than the previous model. This combined fuel consumption corresponds to CO2 emissions of 236 g/km. And that is exactly 60 g/km less than before.

The diesel engines were made more fuel efficient as well. With regard to power, an advanced version of the successful V6 TDI that continues to have 176 kW/240 PS (European version) right at market launch, marks the entry level into the world of the Touareg; the 550 Newton-metre strong turbo-diesel consumes a pioneeringly low 7.4 l/100 km (equivalent to 195 g/km CO2), which is 1.9 litres less than before.  Completely new to the Touareg programme is a V8 TDI with 4.2 litres displacement and 250 kW /340 PS.

The weight of the base model of the new Touareg has been reduced by 208 kilograms.

The Touareg’s body has five percent greater torsional rigidity, which makes it the leader in its competitive class. The second precondition has also been achieved: designers attained a significantly improved Cd value. It was reduced from 0.38 to 0.35. Along with aerodynamic refinement measures, another factor at work here is that this Touareg sits lower to the ground than the previous model. This, to gether with a front end in the style of the new Volkswagen Design DNA, results in a smaller frontal area.

All engines offered with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the first in this market segment, demonstrate significant fuel economy advantages over the previous model; in some cases the advantage is far greater than two litres per 100 kilometres.

Volkswagen has sold 500,000 units of the previous-gen Touareg and it should do even better with this one. The 2011 Touareg will be available at dealers as soon as in April of this year.

Make a closer look at the new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg in the gallery of high-res photos below. [via AutoBlog]

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