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Why petrolheads should be excited about VW’s new Touareg

Written by: Neil

A bulky diesel-powered SUV may not be the weapon of choice for any speed-loving petrolhead, but perhaps it be should after Volkswagen revealed all on the new Touareg.

Available to order now with prices upwards of £51,595, the third-generation Touareg is not only VW’s flagship SUV, but also the brand’s most advanced SUV to date.

That’s because it comes with smart tech like the optional Innovision Cockpit – a 12-inch digital instrument cluster that merges with the Discover Premium infotainment system’s 15-inch TFT touchscreen to form a new digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit.

It also comes with a raft of new assistance systems including a thermal imaging ‘night vision’ camera, lane departure warning up to 37 mph, front cross traffic assist, active all-wheel steering, and a new roll stabilisation system with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars.

But what about this ‘diesel only’ thing? Well, the Touareg will launch with just one engine option – a 282bhp three-litre V6 turbo diesel unit – but it’s definitely a case of quality over quantity.

Mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the mighty diesel can blast the SUV up to 62mph in 6.1 seconds and it’ll keep picking up speed until it hits 146mph.

A tamer 227bhp version of the same engine will join the range from the autumn, followed by a 336bhp three-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine before the end of the year.

Stretching for 4,878mm with a width of 2,193mm, the new Touareg is 44mm wider and 77mm longer than before, but 7mm shorter in height, standing at 1,702mm tall.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “What a special SUV the Touareg is shaping up to be.”  

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