Volkswagen Touareg - Start of a new off-road vehicle
Touareg unites the best of the street and off-road worlds without
Touareg V10 TDI comes standard with CDC air suspension and
Volkswagen is introducing the new Touareg
luxury off-road vehicle to the German market this autumn. Both visually
and technically, the Touareg 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 sedan and
dynamic of a sports car in a new vehicle philosophy.
The Touareg's introduction to the market is starting with a 3.2-litre
V6 petrol engine and a 5-litre V10 TDI.
The V6 engine achieves 162 kW /
220 hp 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 hp biturbo engine generates in impressive 750 Nm of torque at just
2000 rpm. Two additional engines will follow: a 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder TDI
and a 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine.
4XMOTION four-wheel drive with central differential lock as standard
The Touareg's gears are shifted with a six-speed gearbox, either manual
or redesigned automatic depending on the engine.
Power flows to the
continuous 4XMOTION four-wheel drive via a transfer gearbox - whose
standard features include switchable off-road reduction - and a
front-axle, rear-axle and central differential. All Touaregs come standard
with central differential lock and offer rear-axle differential lock as an
option. The running-gear electronic system automatically triggers the
multi-disc clutch of the central differential lock and rear-axle
differential. In normal, even drive and road conditions, the power
distribution is 50:50. But depending on the driving situation, up to 100%
of the drive 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 drive force.