(from VW Press Release, Wolfsburg) Both visually and technically,
the Touareg luxury off-road vehicle represents a vehicle concept which
blazes new trails at the high end of the SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle)
market. Unlike the familiar vehicles of this segment, it combines the
features of a high-quality off-road vehicle with the comfort of a luxury
saloon and dynamics of a sports car in a new vehicle philosophy.
The Touareg's introduction to the market last autumn started with a
3.2-litre V6 petrol engine and a 5-litre V10 TDI. The V6 engine achieves
162 kW / 220 bhp and develops up to 305 Nm torque. One of the world's
most fascinating diesel engines is available with the new V10 TDI; the
230 kW / 313 bhp biturbo engine generates an impressive 750 Nm of torque
at just 2000 rpm. The third Touareg engine is now available to order: a
4.2 litre V8, as cultivated as it is sporty, with a power of 228 kW /
310 bhp. Furthermore, a newly developed 2.5 litre TDI will complement
the Touareg engine range as of this spring; this five-cylinder engine
delivers 128 kW / 174 bhp.
The transmissions on all Touareg models are six-speed gearboxes, either
manual or newly designed automatic transmissions depending on the
engine. Power flows to the permanent 4XMOTION four-wheel drive via a
transfer gearbox — whose standard features include a driver-engaged low
range ratio — and a front-axle, rear-axle and centre differential. All
Touaregs come standard with a centre differential lock and offer a
rear-axle differential lock as an option. The vehicle electronic system
automatically triggers the multi-plate clutches of the centre
differential lock and rear-axle differential. In normal, even driving
and road conditions, the power distribution is 50:50. But depending on
the driving situation, up to 100% of the driving force can be
transferred to one of the two axles. The driver can also activate the
locks (up to 100%) manually using a rotary switch in the cockpit. An
electronic differential lock (EDL) acting on all four wheels supports
the fine distribution of the driving force.
The Touareg is being launched with the newly developed double wishbone
running gear; the Touareg V10 TDI comes standard with CDC air suspension
There are also innovations in the running gear: The double-wishbone
construction of the front and rear axles with acoustically insulated
subframe guarantees the noise and comfort level of a luxury saloon, and
the exact wheel guidance provides the driving precision of a sports car.
In the Touareg V10 TDI, the CDC (Continuous Damping Control) air
suspension on the front and rear axles insures constant damping control
both on and off-road for a degree of driving comfort previously
unachieved by off-road vehicles.
Perfection down to the details: When driving of on hills, a
hill-starting assistant supports the driver of the manual-gearbox
versions. It is activated automatically when the Touareg, with the
engine running, is stopped on an incline with the foot or parking brake
engaged, in first gear (forwards uphill) or reverse (reverse uphill),
and the clutch pressed to the floor. When the driver releases the
brakes, the car is actively braked and held. The brakes are released
gradually when the clutch is engaged, enabling a comfortable uphill
start. Drivers of automatic models can also fall back on the same
On steeply declining stretches (more than 20%), an automatic downhill
assistant is available for both manual and automatic versions. It is
activated when the speed has been reduced to below 20 km/h and ESP is
switched on. If the driver does not apply the accelerator with the car
in gear, the Touareg holds a constant speed via braking and rpm
reduction in shove mode.
Off-road talent: maximum 45º gradient and lateral inclination, up to 580
mm fording depth and 300 mm ground clearance
The Touareg's commanding climbing capability (100% / 45º) is not its
only mark of off-road excellence. Its maximum lateral inclination is
also 100% / 45º. With a door-seal system designed to keep water out,
waterproof headlights and connectors, a special guide for the intake air
and engine ventilation, as well as sealed jointed shafts, the Touareg
can ford depths up to 500 mm (580 mm with air suspension).
The ramp angle for driving over a crest is 22º (air suspension: 27.2º).
Thanks to the short front and rear body overhangs, the angle of slope is
28º (air suspension: 33.2º). And even the defining measurement of
off-road performance, the ground clearance, promises commanding off-road
handling at 237 mm (air suspension: up to 300 mm).
The interior is also first class. The Touareg interior is a prime
example of sophisticated functionality. A roomy interior and 555-litre
luggage compartment (Touareg V10 TDI: 500 litre) make this Volkswagen
the ideal holiday vehicle for five travellers. And the synthesis of
robust dimensions and elegant details creates an ambience of
contemporary luxury reminiscent of a high-class saloon rather than a
conventional off-road vehicle.
A solid foundation of equipment: First introduced in the Phaeton, the
Touareg is available with optional 4-zone Climatronic, which enables
passengers in the left and right rear seat area to adjust the
air-conditioning individually. The Touareg V6 comes standard with manual
air conditioning and the Touareg V10 TDI with a 2-zone Climatronic.
High-quality sound systems are also standard features on board. The
six-cylinder's system is the radio/CD unit Delta providing 4 x 20 watts
of musical power. The ten-cylinder version boasts a system offering 300
watts of sound.
The Touareg V10 TDI comes standard with keyless entry; open and close
the doors with the touch of a hand, start with the push of a button
The flagship Touareg V10 TDI comes standard with the otherwise optional
Keyless Access system. With it, the driver can always keep the key —
equipped with a transponder — in his or her pocket. The Touareg
recognises its driver using the transponder; when he or she touches the
door handle, the vehicle unlocks the door. The engine is started by
pressing a button.