Several years back, after Volkswagen and Porsche had announced their intentions to build the SUVs that ultimately became the Touareg and Cayenne, Volkswagen reavealed a concept pickup truck that showed off the styling of the Touareg. More important than the attractive - if non-descript - styling of the vehicle was the engine. The truck was powered by a 5.0L turbo-diesel V10. The TDI engine was a torque monster with over 500 lb-ft or torque. A few years later the engine became available in the production version of the Touareg.

The Touareg and several other VW diesels have been unavailable in recent months because of a gap between tightening diesel emissions standards and the availability of low sulfur diesel fuel. The latter is now available and so is the new 2007 Touareg TDi. The V10 diesel is now equipped with a particulate filter and, according to VW, is 50-state legal. The engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 553 lbs-ft of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 17/23 city/highway which is not great but pretty good for a truck that weighs almost 3 tons. It's actually better than the 16/21 of the base 3.2L V-6 and provides better performance. The VW press release and more photos are after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]


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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