Harry Leahey

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Volkswagen has introduced an updated version of its popular SUV, the Touareg, to compete with its rivals, the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE. 


VW claims the new model not only brings changes to its exterior design and interior technology, but also enhances the driving experience, and comes following customer feedback 


In terms of design, the front end receives a fresh grille, bumper and headlights, while the rear features a full-width light bar and an illuminated VW badge. The SUV also offers new wheel designs, with sizes going up to 21 inches.


The revamped Touareg will be available in four trim levels: Touareg, Elegance, R-Line, and the high-performance Touareg R. 


All models come equipped with VW's 'Innovision Cockpit,' featuring a 12-inch driver's display and a 15-inch infotainment screen, and there is now support for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


Additional interior tech updates include voice control and improved satellite navigation.


Standard features across the range include a powered tailgate, heated front seats, a rear parking camera, keyless entry, and adaptive cruise control.


Elegance and R-Line variants offer additional matrix-LED headlights, as well as distinctive bumpers and grille. Their interiors are also said to adopt a surround projection lighting system. 


The Touareg retains its five powertrain options, all based on 3.0-liter V6 engines. The diesel TDI variants are available with 227bhp or 282bhp, while the petrol model boasts 335bhp. 


Two petrol hybrids are also part of the lineup, one with 376bhp and 455bhp for the high-performance Touareg R.


The Touareg is already available for ordering in Europe, though pricing for the UK remains announced for now. 

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Harry Leahey 25/05/23