What is it?
A subtly revised version of Wolfsburg’s luxury SUV touting what is quite possibly the longest full name in the business: the Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI SCR BlueMotion Technology 4Motion.
The well-equipped five seater forms part of a limited, diesel-only line-up of facelifted Touareg models set to reach UK dealerships in November. Priced at £44,500, it competes head-on with the likes of the BMW X5 xDrive 30d, Land Rover Discovery SDV6 and Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec, to name but a few upmarket rivals.
The stylistic changes brought to the second-generation Touareg some four years after its introduction are more noticeable than what we have seen on other recent facelifted Volkswagen models – a measure perhaps of the level of competition it faces.
At the front, there is a newly designed bumper with larger air ducts for more efficient engine bay cooling and fog lamps set low down underneath a prominent horizontal chrome strip, a wider grille boasting four rather than the previous two horizontal elements and reshaped headlamps housing standard Xenon main beam projectors.
The rear also receives a re-profiled bumper which, like that now used at the front, features a heavily chrome strip to accentuate width. There are also new tailpipes and, on models fitted with the optional R-line package, a shiny black valance panels styled to resemble a diffuser. Additionally, the new Touareg gets revised alloy wheels in sizes ranging from the standard 19in of the base model in the UK up to optional 21in items.
Inside, the Touareg adopts a lightly redesigned dashboard with new rotary switchgear, front seats with standard lumbar adjustment and a revised range of trims. Among the equipment upgrades is a standard automatic post collision brake function – as seen on all recent Volkswagen models.
Under the bonnet sits a reworked version of the Volkswagen Group’s widely used 3.0-litre V6 common-rail diesel engine. The 90-degree unit offers 13bhp and 22lb ft more than the previous powerplant, producing 258bhp at 3800rpm and 427lb ft of torque on a band of revs between 1750 and 2500rpm in this particularly Touareg model.