201bhp versions of VW's 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine now return 42.8mpg
Three trim levels are available, dubbed SE, Escape and R-Line
Order books open for the facelifted Touareg at the end of this month
Hybrid versions of the Touareg will no longer be offered
Styling revisions include new headlights, a redesigned grille and a new front bumper
The rear gains a new bumper and diffuser
The high-output V6 TDI has had its output boosted
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been improved for both V6 TDI units
V8 TDI versions have been discontinued
Prices for the revised Touareg start from £43,000
A range of new colours for the car's leather upholstery are available
New lighting systems are also fitted in the cabin
The infotainment system now features off-road assistance modes
The standard-fit eight-speed auto features a coasting function
The updated Volkswagen Touareg will go on sale later this month, with prices starting at £43,000.
Revealed at the Beijing motor show earlier this year, revisions to the SUV focus on economy, with slow-selling V8 and hybrid versions dropped from the range.
Although V8 diesel and hybrid powertrains will no longer be offered, Volkswagen has retained the 201bhp 3.0-litre V6 TDI and has boosted power for the 242bhp version to 258bhp.
Myriad revisions have been carred out to improve efficiency, including the fitment of low-rolling resistance tyres and stop-start and battery regeneration systems. Both engines are EU6 compliant thanks to a new catalytic converter option that uses AdBlue to reduce emissions.
Volkswagen claims that 201bhp versions return 42.8mpg on the combined cycle and emit 173g/km of CO2, while the 258bhp version records 42.8mpg and 174g/km. Previously, those engines returned 34.4mpg and 33.6mpg respectively.
The 2015 Touareg features larger Bi-Xenon headlights fitted across the range, a new larger grille and a reprofiled bumper. At the rear a new bumper and diffuser is fitted. Other additions include a new range of alloy wheel designs, paint colours and shades of leather upholstery.
All models are fitted with a post-collision braking system and a coasting function integrated into the standard-fit eight-speed automatic gearbox. The car’s optional adaptive cruise control also now includes a city braking function.
Three trim levels are available, with entry-level SE models getting 19-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control and parking sensors.
Mid-level Escape cars get four-wheel drive, off-road suspension with 18-inch alloy wheels and under-body protection. Top-spec R-Line trim adds 20-inch alloys, lowered sports suspension, LED lights and a panoramic glass sunroof outside, while the cabin is upgraded with a heated steering wheel and keyless entry and start.
Prices for the Touareg start at £43,000 for the 201bhp 3.0-litre TDI in SE specification, and rise to £47,700 for the 258bhp 3.0-litre TDI in R-Line trim.
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