• Jan 13th 2009 at 2:31PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the VW Touareg Lux Limited Edition

The VW Touareg Lux Limited Edition is a 'ute that's been on a shopping spree to J. Crew and High Street, or at least a mainstream, aftermarket shop. Available on either the gasoline- or diesel-engined SUVs – and only in America – the Lux Limited gets side skirts and slightly tweaked front and rear aprons to differentiate it from the run-o-the-mill Touareg. The wheel selection is called Ayer's Rock (not "Uluru"?) and only available in the 20-inch variety.

VW took the color wheel out one night and got it drunk. Exterior hues for the Lux Limited are Biscay Blue, Campanella White, Galapagos Gray, and Black Magic Pearl Effect. The interior cricket leather is done up in one of two duo-tone color choices with complementary accents – like Latte Macchiato and St. Tropez white with poplar grain decor. And if anyone can tell us what "Engine Spin dark" decor looks like, we are all... eyes. So put on the Hootie, order some chablis and brie, have a look at the press release after the jump, and check out the gallery of high-res photos below.


NAIAS 2009 Touareg "Lux Limited"

New Touareg "Lux Limited" – Exclusive special edition SUV for the USA

• Clean Diesel of limited edition launches with 25 mpg Highway fuel economy
• Touareg "Lux Limited" with two-tone leather interior is coming early this year

Wolfsburg / Detroit, January 2009. In just a few weeks, Volkswagen of America will be introducing one of the most economical and cleanest SUVs to the US market: the new Touareg V6 TDI with a powerful 165 kW / 225 PS Clean Diesel. In parallel to the debut of the pioneeringly efficient Touareg, Volkswagen is now presenting in Detroit an outstandingly exclusive special model of its high-end SUV: the Touareg "Lux Limited". It will launch with the new V6 TDI and two highly advanced gasoline engines: a V6 FSI (206 kW/280 PS) and a V8 FSI (257 kW/350 PS).

Exterior of the "Lux Limited" edition
On its exterior, the Touareg "Lux Limited" makes its appearance with high-end 20-inch alloy wheels ("Ayers Rock" type) and size 275 all-season tires, a styling package with special side skirts and customized front and rear aprons and a color lineup customized for the limited edition. The Touareg "Lux Limited" may be ordered in the exterior colors "Biscay blue", "Black magic pearl effect", "Campanella white" and "Galapagos gray" – the "Biscay blue" color new to the product lineup.

Interior of the "Lux Limited" edition
The Volkswagen Touareg is offered with a very long list of standard features across the board – i.e. in every version. After all, the German SUV is one of the highest end vehicles of its type in the world. The "Lux Limited" – developed by Volkswagen Individual – now goes even one step further. That is because it always includes a two-tone leather interior combined with special interior accents based on the particular color variant.

Version 1: Cricket leather in
the color combination "Latte Macchiato / St. Tropez white"; where the center seat panels are kept in white. In this case, the interior accents are in "Poplar grain" decor.
Version 2: Cricket leather in "Anthracite / St. Tropez white". An "Engine spin dark" decor with a
metallic look and feel is used here. In both variants the door panel inserts are trimmed in "St. Tropez white".

In addition, the driver and front passenger of the Touareg "Lux Limited" get standard 12-way power seats.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Haha my first thought was how much I like this (I'm already a fan of the V8 Touareg especially in black). Having read the article, I still really like it. My guess for the Engine Spin Dark is that it is dark [faux] metallic interior trim in place of the usual wood in the engine-turned style of the Bentley Continental T, Spyker C8, and other vintage-styled sports cars (though it seems quite out of place in an SUV [including the D12]) imho, and I would certainly prefer poplar trim after seeing it in the Jag XK.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So now that I looked at the photo gallery I see that the Engine Spin trim is as I assumed. Why would the author of this article make the comment that they did not know what it was, besides the goofy name VW assigned to it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just love the early 2000 year Golf R32 wheels, especially in 20"!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow: blue, white, grey and black? It must be Christmas!

      No wait -- is it April Fool's day?

      Neither? Oh. Still, one color and three tones are more than they used to offer.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a nice little special edition and maybe a way to squeeze some extra life out of this aging platform. I prefer the walnut to this metal though. I like the Zebrano wood veneers that Cadillac used in the late 90s STS. The horizontal grain looked very modern and would fit right into some VW and Audi interiors much better than the yellow-ish poplar they've started using. I saw that in an A8 and thought the wood totally cheapened an otherwise fine interior. Reminds me of that weird yellow-orange leather that Mercedes and Volvo used in the 80s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now this is just a bunch of B.S. They won't give me a diesel with a 6-speed manual in the U.S. but they will give us fancy editions!
        • 6 Years Ago
        A Manual transmission diesel Suv would never sell in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pretty much sums up everything I find wrong with VAG today. Where's my Polo GTi? Where's my every model in diesel? People's Car, indeed. Let Piech burn the brand into the ground so that Porsche can revive it back to what we had in the '80s. A true "People's Car."

      What kind of f*&$ery is this, anyway? Let the brand with Four Rings do the luxury cars!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ kattleox,

        I live in the PNW as well! Portlander, myself. Yes, there are plenty of these monstrosities around here, aren't there.

        I wouldn't necessarily consider myself a VW zealot, although I would be if the brand hadn't gone south (or rather, "north" if we're talking on scales of luxury).

        I do know where you're coming from and I know Piech is just trying to sell cars, but at what cost? At the cost of VW's VERY SOUL. It's gone. I feel for the rest of us VW enthusiasts of old out there.

        It's a sad world we live in when VAG sells itself out to the masses and dismisses the millions of requests from die-hard fans.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't forget VW wouldn't be in the US today if it weren't for the New Beetle: Piech's major addition to VAG. I don't like the man, but he knows what he's doing, and this will probably sell. The general public doesn't associate VW with Audi, so when they make a "luxury" Volkswagen, then you sell ten to the zealous VW fanatics and 20 Audi Q7s to the middle-aged luxury-oriented well-to-do soccer moms, when the alternative is just the latter.

        It makes sense to me, as I see tons of Touaregs up here in the grand old Pacific North West, and tons of Q7s. If they won't buy a luxury car with four rings, sell them a luxury car with a VW on it. Either way, your gain.

        Now if only they would bring over the Scirocco...
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