Review of the New 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Full New Car Details Road & Track

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Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars

By Shaun Bailey. March 8,

Shortly after the Geneva Show we had the opportunity to drive new 2011 Touareg in Florence, The big news is the Touareg Hybrid, but not the only thing new. off there’s the new look. The front end of the new Touareg has adopted the new VW corporate It’s manly, but not aggressive.

It the Touareg nicely making it more like a large

Up close, however, there is no the Touareg for the large SUV it is. And it is larger, slightly longer (1.6 and wider (0.5 in.) the previous generation while a tad lower (0.7 in.). The length is mostly in the wheelbase, and improves the rear seat leg

The sliding rear seat is spacious than before, with seating for five.

you’ll see a VW that rivals interior design, with quality soft materials, chrome surrounds and fine inlays. It’s a step the Passat CC, and I dare say the Phaeton as

The Touareg has a new key fob. Gone is the key. Instead, the entire about half the size of a cell phone, is inserted a slot on the dash where a key normally go. And then the entire key is to start.

It’s an old idea, new again.

The of this key twist varies powertrain option. The base with its 3.6-liter V-6 (aka the starts up with a muted The 3.0-liter V-6 TDI makes a muted while the Hybrid simply up the dash.

All three of these are coming to the U.S. The one that is the V-8 TDI.

Replacing the V-8 in the lineup is VW’s Hybrid. A supercharged V-6, the from Audi s S4, is mated to electric motor. The combined is good for 375 hp and 425 lb.-ft. torque.

Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars

A allows the electric motor to from the engine, thus pure electric power needed. When driving the it was very common for the engine to and find the Touareg driving in pure electric. The system is aggressive at shutting off the engine, but needed a punch of the gas pedal the supercharged V-6 to life. Power is on tap in an instant.

If there was anything quirky the Hybrid, it’s this: The pedal felt a bit too light for actuation. In comparison to other the VW system seems aimed at engine-off time, the result a driving experience that you you’re in something mechanically In the U.S. market, only the Hybrid will have the start/stop feature.

Every model has an 8-speed automatic and is rated to tow 7700 pounds. the Hybrid. All-wheel drive is a simplified variant of 4Motion.

And in an to save fuel the Touareg has on a diet, weighing on average 400 lb. less than the outgoing

We’ll have to wait the fall for final specifications on efficiency and cost, but expect the to cost about $51,000, the venerable VR6 powered model be priced around $41,000. The V-6 with its Hybrid like economy, will start at $45,000. As good as the Hybrid is, the TDI the best bang for the buck?


have to wait and see when the EPA results are in.

This Is A Developing Story

Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars
Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars
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