Volkswagen improves the Touareg TDI

Europe's best-selling engine in the Touareg, the V6 TDI, has been optimized. And most of the work has resulted in reduced fuel consumption.

The V6 now averages 9.6 liters of diesel per 100 km (24.5 mpg) while putting out increased torque and power (550 Nm or 405 lb/ft and 240 HP respectively). All this power and torque increase, according to VW, accounts for 0.8 liters less on the highway and even 1.4 liters to 100 km during the Euro urban cycle. The Touareg can make the jump form 0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds, one second quicker than before.

The press release doesn't make any reference to CO2 emission figures, which in the older model weren't that impressive: 283 g/km. Press release after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]

Volkswagen Touareg with enhanced V6 TDI engine

Wolfsburg, 16 November 2007 - Already the best-selling engine in the successful Touareg range, the V6 TDI has now been further enhanced. The result: less consumption – more power. Since being revamped in the spring of 2007, the Touareg has seen deliveries in Europe increase by a further 2.5%. In total, sales of the Touareg since its original launch in 2002 amount to 204,000 in Europe, and worldwide to 331,000.

The diesel engine's enhancement focussed a decrease in fuel consumption. The V6 TDI, the most popular engine within the Touareg range with a market share of 80% in Germany, now needs an average of 9.6 litres of diesel for 100 kilometers. Despite the significant increases in power and torque, this figure translates into 0.8 l/100 km less than the predecessor version, and some 1.4 l/100 km city fuel consumption.

In the Volkswagen Touareg, the new 3.0 TDI six-cylinder unit now boasts a peak torque of 550 Nm (an increase of 10%) and an output of 176 KW / 240 hp (an increase of 7%). This means that the Touareg reaches his top speed of 214 km/h and attained the 100 km/h mark almost a full second faster (8.0 seconds).

In Germany the enhanced Touareg V6 TDI with manual gearbox is available immediately for a price of € 46,900; prices for the automatic version start at € 49,150.

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