Touareg Gets Facelift
Sept. 23, 2006
Steerable bi-xenon headlights and VW's family chrome grille are new to the Touareg.
Boasting over 2,300 redesigned parts, Volkswagen's luxury SUV is getting a makeover.
The Touareg has new styling on the outside — and a whole whack of new technologies on the inside.
The Touareg is the latest VW to get the big family chrome grille, which many love to hate and others hate to love. The exterior also features new steerable bi-xenon headlights with a secondary turning light (like the Passat), modified taillights, a hatchback spoiler, new mirrors, new colors and general design changes to the front and rear. Overall, the style is more fluid with more curves and fewer straight lines.
Under the metal, the Touareg packs a plethora of new advances, including:
VW's first direct-injection V8, with a stout 350 horsepower,
ABSplus, which shortens braking distance by a claimed 20 percent,
Front Scan Adaptive Cruise Control, which slows, accelerates and stops based on radar,
Side Scan lane-changing assistant, with a mirror light that warns of traffic in a blind spot,
driving dynamics package that offers both a smooth comfortable ride and firm sporting ride,
rollover sensor that deploys various side airbags,
Dynaudio sound system with 10 speakers, a 10-channel amplifier and 620 watts,
and next-generation Electronic Stabilization Program, with a hydraulic instead of pneumatic
brake assistant, preventative brake-pressure build-up when the gas pedal is released suddenly,
Active Rollover Protection to increase stability, rain brake support that wipes the discs of water,
fading brake support and understeer control logic.
Inside the passenger cabin is a new interior display for various functions, with navigation diagrams in 3D. New front seats are available. And lighter back seats now fold flat for easier cargo carrying.
The updated Touareg hits dealerships soon.