• Apr 13th 2010 at 4:58PM
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Rumor has it Volkswagen is mulling a two-wheel drive version of the Touareg. Whispers are buzzing around the francophone site L'Automobile that the company is considering dropping power to the front wheels in order to create a Touareg 2Motion. Why? If our Google translator is to be believed, Volkswagen is hoping to trim some weight and cost from its SUV while upping the vehicle's fuel efficiency at the same time.

The site quotes an unnamed member of the truck's development team as saying it would be relatively easy to make the Touareg a rear-wheel drive vehicle. What's more, a less-expensive VW SUV would likely appeal to the American masses. The Touareg currently carries a base MSRP of around $40,850, so some reduction in price for the two-wheel drive variant is all but assured.

L'Automobile doesn't make mention of when the Touareg 2Motion will come to market, though the current feeling is that it won't be until well past 2012, if at all. It would make sense to see VW offer a RWD version, though, especially when equipped with the upcoming hybrid drivetrain.

[Source: L'Automobile]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If it is going to be 2wd then it needs to be FWD. Its Lexus, Infiniti, Nissan, Ford and GM competitors offer FWD SUV's as many in the far north have found out that FWD will get you 98% of the same places AWD will get you (this claim is limited to paved streets).

      Why does BMW and MB offer so many AWD sedan options - people could not rely on lightly loaded RWD vehicles to deal with the snow. Going with FWD will allow the opportunity to gain space in the back if the cost of changing stamping dies is tolerable. Often features on dies are modular as some parts get greater wear than others. As long as the change doesn't have to be impact tested it might be possible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah that is such crap. Why do you big babies in the North/Northeast constantly claim that FWD is better than RWD in the snow. Maybe if you knew how to drive properly you wouldn't have a problem! I've driven multiple high powered RWD cars in the snow belt, equipped with snow tires, and I maintained control of the vehicles better than the FWD rental Camry we had, equipped with all-seasons.

        Get a proper set of snow tires, and you can drive anything in the snow. If you have any understanding whatsoever as to how your vehicle operates, you'd be just fine in a RWD vehicle. FWD may be the easy way out to get going from a start, but once you start sliding, you're screwed. RWD will always give you a better feel for the vehicle than FWD. Grow a pair, get out there, and do some snow drifting!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just want to let you know that Google did you well, you got what the article is saying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so what kind of an increase in mpg are we really talking? i'm guessing nothing significant so... pass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Light *and* cheaper. A lot will take it. VW hopes, any ways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two wheel drive SUV? Now there's a useful vehicle :rolleyes:
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like a lot of them in it's class...since the 4motion is an option.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a very handsome-looking vehicle. Not in the market for one, but if I were, I'd be sold.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SMART move!
      90% of the Tourareg customers stay on "hard surface" anyway.
      Increase market share w/ower price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good luck.. what are they gonna do.. stick the GTI motor in the thing?

      Isn't the 'significantly lightened' version of this car in the upper 4000lb. range anyway?
      Hopefully there's another 700lb. to cut.
        • 5 Years Ago
        From reviews i've read on the 8-speed in the Lexus IS-F they say its constantly shifting and it gets annoying really quick. Now to say the VW's would be the same is unfair and according to Lexus they have cure'd the problem so who know's? And it will be interesting to see how much more weight VW can honestly pull from the Touareg and it makes you wonder why they didnt just make it light from the start?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, the current one is about 5100lb and they say they've lost about 600lb so it should be about 4500lb already.

        They don't have a large DI v6, but i think that's what the car should come with minimum. GM is moving ~4000lb cars with their 3.6 pretty well.

        An 8 speed transmission would help but damn, this thing would be shifting all the time and rev quickly. that would be weird. I guess Mercedes owners are happy with their 7 speeds? haven't heard much from them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are VW cars as much money as Other high end cars... The first touareg sucked, and they did not get it the second time around. Plus they break so easily
        • 5 Years Ago
        I imagine you've driven (or owned) one first, and then made your comment. I've owned three VWs since 1999 (Jetta, Passat and Touareg2). You would notice that even the basic Golf has better materials and more thoughtfully designed parts than its cheaper counterparts. Unfortunately, in doing so, VW posits itself as a vehicle that doesn't compete in terms of price when compared to Ford, Chevy, or Toyota....yet it doesn't have the panache of luxury brands. They compare well with Acura, though, which has the same issue.

        Also, I only had one problem with the Jetta, no problems with the others. Apparently, that's a fluke based upon review of most blogs.
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