While offering few U.S.-specific details, VW has released this series of images of its cosmetically enhanced and technically upgraded 2015 Volkswagen Touareg that will be on display next week at Auto China 2014 in Beijing.
Save for a handful of new colors and revised 18-inch and 20-inch alloy wheel designs, the remake of this 5-passenger all-wheel drive crossover SUV is largely confined to the nose and tail. Up front, the new Touareg gets an edgier but more aerodynamically efficient look thanks to a redrawn facscia with larger, trapezoid-shaped headlamps - now bi-xenon across the board - and a new grille treatment with four rather than two bright bars coupled with a more aggressive lower air intake that borrows cues from the Scirocco R. The rear mimics a similar lower, wider appearance from revised taillamp lenses and a bolder diffuser design framed by larger exhaust outlets. The Touareg's tasteful cabin rework brings an assortment of new wood, leather and accents, enhanced infotainment systems, revised rotary controls and a move from red to white illumination.
Engines carry over
Power for the U.S.-spec Touareg will continue to come in three forms, a 276-horsepower/3.0-liter gasoline V6, a like-sized TDI turbodiesel V6 that makes 236 horses and a gas-electric hybrid that turns out a combined 375 ponies. While the existing 8-speed automatic returns, a new start-stop system, regenerative braking, a standard "coasting" mode (currently used only on the Touareg Hybrid), low rolling resistance tires and its new sleeker shape are expected to improve fuel economy. The Touareg's already extensive list of safety features and driver assists grows longer for 2015 with the introduction of a new post-collision braking system on the V6 TDI that helps prevent a secondary impact following the crash.
Buyers seeking to add a bit more flash to their vehicles will be able to get a Touareg with the sporty R-Line kit that includes bespoke body accents and unique wheels plus a host of interior upgrades highlighted by Nappa leather upholstery, a sport steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and R-Line logo sill plates. The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg will arrive in the U.S. late this fall with the R-Line option to arrive slightly later. Complete pricing and packaging as well as EPA numbers will be announced closer to the Touareg's actual on-sale date.
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