Paris Auto Show Preview: 2007 Volkswagen Touareg



Say it with us now — Twoor...ahg. Toor...ahg. No — Twoor...ahg. Toor...ahg. No! Whatever, forget it — it doesn't matter. It's only how you say the VW SUV's name with the new face. That's right, the new for 2007 Volkswagen Touareg sports a pretty new look, and although it goes live next week at the Paris Auto Show, we've got first shots of what the new V-Dub SUV'll look like. So feast your eyes on the new grille, bonnet, front wings and bumper — plus the new headlights and mirrors. The butt-end's also gotten an upgraded treatment, but you'll have to come back next week and follow our coverage to see it when we do. In the meantime, we've got more info in the release below the jump.

NEW TOUAREG BREAKS COVER AHEAD OF WORLD DEBUT AT PARIS SHOW

Volkswagen has revealed the first photographs of its new Touareg luxury 4x4, ahead of its world public debut at the Paris Motor Show next week.

Sporting a new 'face', revised rear styling, updated interior and seats as well as the Dynaudio sound system as an option, the new Touareg will go on sale in the UK at the end of January 2007.

At the front, the new Touareg features a new grille, bonnet, front wings and bumper, plus new headlights and mirrors. The rear lights, spoiler, bumper and exhaust pipes have also been modified to freshen the 4x4's appearance.

The new Touareg will feature new and revised technology, including ABSPlus and additional ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) features. ABSPlus has been developed and patented by Volkswagen and is a world first. The system shortens the braking distance by up to 20% on loose driving surfaces. New features have been added to the ESP, these include Active Rollover Protection (ARP), rain brake support, fading brake support and understeer control logic, which improves the turning behaviour in the event of understeer.

The UK line-up will remain as before with three trim levels - Touareg, SE and Altitude - all of which boast high levels of standard specification and trim.

Four engines will be available: one petrol and three diesel. These are a 3.6-litre V6 280 PS petrol; 2.5-litre TDI 174 PS with DPF (diesel particulate filter); 3.0-litre V6 TDI 225 PS with or without DPF; and the range-topping 5.0-litre V10 TDI with 313 PS and DPF. The 2.5-litre TDI will be available as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and optional Tiptronic automatic transmission. All other engines will be mated to the six speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

The current Touareg model went on sale in the UK in May 2003. The car is designed to deliver class-leading performance both on and off the road. Features such as permanent four-wheel drive, low and high gear ratios, electronic traction control linked to an auto-locking centre differential, hill start and descent assist and short front and rear overhangs all contribute to class-leading capability when venturing off the beaten track. Extremely steep slope angles are within the Touareg's capability, and versions with air suspension can ford depths of up to 580 mm.

Since launch, over 10,500 Touaregs have been sold in the UK.

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