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When we last talked about the Volkswagen Touareg, we noted the new facelifted fascia, the freshened interior, the addition of ABS Plus, enhanced ESP, and most importantly, the possible addition of the 5.0-liter V10 TDI as an available engine. Despite no firm news on that front, we did see a Jetta TDI tooling around that would meet the new ultra-low particulate emissions standards by using ultra-low sulfur fuel, fueling our hopes that this hot rod oilburner might make it Stateside. The recent adoption of low-sulfur diesel fuel in the States has made all of this possible and today, VW made it official by announcing the 2006 VW Touareg TDI is on sale now (looks like the refreshened 2007/8 model wasn't ready for the new engine).

The Touareg V10 TDI is available in showrooms starting today. The 5.0-liter diesel engine pumps out 310 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 553 lbs-ft of torque at just 2,000 rpm. And the best part is that this high power diesel will consume up to 30 percent less fuel than traditional gasoline engines. The Touareg comes with 4-Motion all-wheel drive, ABS, Anti-slip regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, Engine Braking Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stabilization Program with brake assist, Hill Descent Assist and Hill Climb Assist. Pricing on the Touareg V10 TDI starts at $67,750, which is surely a steep sum for a mid-size SUV, but this one's kind of special.

Full release and additional photos after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]

Press Release:

Ultra-low sulfur diesel engine complies with new emission standards in all 50 states; particulate filter further reduces emissions

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The 2006 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI® – the first turbo-diesel light-duty vehicle in the U.S. market with a particulate filter – is now available in showrooms. The Touareg V10 TDI is a high-performance, ten-cylinder diesel version of Volkswagen's popular luxury SUV. With an engine that takes ultra low-sulfur fuel, it meets the stricter emission requirements in all 50 states. A particulate filter further reduces emissions, making this Touareg one of the cleanest diesels ever.

The Touareg's powerful five-liter, ten-cylinder engine boasts 310 horsepower at 3,750 revolutions per minute and offers impressive pulling power with 553 lbs-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. The diesel engine consumes up to 30 percent less fuel than traditional gasoline engines.

Standard equipment includes six-disc CD changer, navigation system, Park Distance Control, keyless access, power height-adjustable telescoping steering column with memory, power height-adjustable front seat belts with memory, four-zone climate control (Climatronic), heatable rear seats and silver roof rack and rails.

The Touareg comes with Volkswagen's 4XMotion™ all-wheel drive system, providing superior traction control. Standard equipment includes Anti-lock Brake System, Anti-slip regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, Engine Braking Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stabilization Program with brake assist, Hill Descent Assist and Hill Climb Assist.

The Touareg V10 TDI is available starting at $67,750.

All new Volkswagen automobiles come with 24-hour Roadside Assistance for four years with unlimited mileage, and new vehicle warranties, including:
  • Five-year/60,000 mile (whichever occurs first) Powertrain Limited Warranty
  • Four-year/50,000 mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty with wear and tear items and adjustments excluded after the initial 12 months/12,000 miles
  • 12 year unlimited distance Limited Warranty against corrosion perforation.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, Touareg and Phaeton through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers.

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"TDI" and "4XMotion" is a trademark of Volkswagen AG.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Er, change "seemingly simultaneous availability" to "seemingly simultaneous introduction" in my comment above.
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #13 "I've also got to wonder why Edmunds has a price for the 2007 TDI, and it's much lower than the 2006."

      I can't think of a reason for the difference in price, but here's a possible explanation for the seemingly simultaneous availability of 2006 & 2007 Touareg TDI's. According to the Edmunds Future Vehicle item, the only difference between the 2006 and the early 2007 Touaregs is the new V6 gasoline engine. Therefore, the 2006 and early 2007 Touareg TDI's should be mechanically identical. But California and the four states that adopt its emissions restrictions won't allow the 2007 TDI's to be registered as new vehicles in those states. So the 2006 may be sold only in those five states while the other 45 states get the early 2007 model. Not only does this result in more Touareg TDI's for those five states, it avoids the problem of some shoppers in the other 45 states rejecting the 2006 TDI outright because it's a leftover.

      FWIW, I just checked VW.com, and it's still advertising the 2006 Touareg, not the 2007, and just the gas models. But tt has a photo of a racing Touareg with the letters "TDI" on it and the tagline "A legend before birth. The Touareg V10 TDI."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kudos to VW for not listening to consumers. 17 mpg? Wow, that's legendary diesel efficiency.

      Even though in Europe, VW spearheaded the diesel 'performance' thing. They were the one to trademark 'TDI' the first one to put direct injection turbo diesel in passenger cars and tey made a killing with it.

      Now what people really want is affordable Jetta and Golf with the 2.0 TDI. Bring over the 130 hp (300 lb.ft torque or something like that) that gets 45+ mpg.

      • 8 Years Ago
      #2: It was here, then it went away, and now it's back again. Apparently not for long.

      #8: I thought I remembered something about this, but then when I saw the 2007 listed at Edmunds I figured I must have remembered wrong. But are they not offering TDI cars next year, or only no TDI cars in CA et al?

      If 2007s are currently at dealers, are they introducing the late 2006 and early 2007 concurrently? Makes no sense.

      I've also got to wonder why Edmunds has a price for the 2007 TDI, and it's much lower than the 2006.

      I've entered the data on my site--actually, most of it was still there from the last time the TDI was offered, I just had to change a few fields to make the TDI visible again.

      Edmunds and other sites are showing the TDI with a fairly low level of standard equipment: manual tilt/tele wheel, no nav, mid-level audio, etc. But the high price and lack of options suggest that these features, formerly options, are now standard, and my site shows them as such. If someone can clarify which of us is right--those photos do show nav--I'd appreciate it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @18: Adapting Bluetec to the Liberty's VM 428 engine just would not make sense. Installing the DC 3.0l V6 (here available in the Jeep Commander or the Chrysler 300) does not make sense from the economical perspective: these engines are just manufactured in Europe. Exchange rates are not on your side and some DC guys fear that this engine in Jeep Liberty or Dodge Nitro would weaken the Mercedes brand.

      Here in Europe DC still sells the VM 428 engines, because emission standards will allow it for the next two/three/four years. If both exchange rates and oil prices (and thus demand for Diesel engines) rise, DC might decide to produce the VM 630 at Detroit Diesel, combine it with Bluetec and install it to some Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles.

      With the current demand -- that exists, but probably is to low to produce a new engine family in the US -- DC does not have much incentive to sell Diesel in their Chryler/Jeep/Dodge branded cars, vans, SUVs and small pickups.

      Wait for the Dollar to rise, the oil price to rise and the demand to rise and you'll see more Diesels in the US. In the meantime we Europeans keep bashing American car buyers for buying gas guzzlers instead of bashing European companies for producing only gas gazzlers for the American markets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How is this news? We've had an 07 at the office here for over a month and yes, it's worth every penny of the 74k otd price. If you want a freight train that runs on the road this is the SUV for you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Andre - you are a genius. Good luck with the 6th grade class elections coming up next week!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The V10 was weak when it was launched (only two valves per cylinder), I was hoping for 350hp/500ft-lbs back then. Now it should be 400hp/600ft-lbs.
      The 345hp FSI V8 is probably faster, but not quicker than the V10 in the 1/4.
      Maybe the Range Rover and Cayenne sell an image/'status' and not a product and price in irrational to purchasers.
      VW shouldn't go there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In Europe VW definitely plans to sell the new Common Rail (instead of Pumpe Duese) engines in Q1 2008, but not in all models. The base engines will stay Pumpe Duese until European standards kill them in 2009.

      VW actually already sells some common rail Diesels as V6 and V8 in Audis. DC recently proposed Audi to equip them with Bluetec (as a common incentive among automakers to raise the level of acceptance of Diesel engines in the US).

      Rumors are that VW is developping a VR6 Diesel. I am a bit sceptical about this information. Larger cars from Volkswagen already have V6 and V8 Diesels, for the Jetta and the Passat a 2.5l I5 would probably do the job.

      So you do not have to wait forever. You will be out of Volkswagen Diesels between March 2007 and Q1 2008.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hum, price hike maybe because the US borrows tons of money from the rest of the world to sustain growth, has a huge budget deficit, spends 380 billion on war and 20 million tax money (!!!) to through the only few people who gain from that war (oil, construction, defense manufacturing) a party (hey, and they are all close bush friends) - with that recent policy its clear that exchange rates cannot be favorable for imports from Germany.

      AND of course VW likely did not do a very intelligent FX hedging... not too many things they have done in an intelligent wayrecently...

      Thats two parties who created lots of trouble and will continue to do so for themselves...

      Sorry for being so sarcastic!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I stopped reading at 7K
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, my theory of the 2006 Touareg V10 TDI being the "California Special" might also explain the difference in price between it and the 2007 model despite the two models being mechanically identical. Since the 2007 will not be available to customers in those five states, even those who are willing to buy it from a VW dealer in one of the other 45 states, those customers will not be able to cross-shop it, so to speak, against the 2006 model. Furthermore, the per capita incomes in two of those five states, California and New York, must be among the highest in the U.S. VW's economists may have taken the demand forecast for those five states, crunched the numbers, and out came that huge difference in price.
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