Over the past couple of years, Volkswagen has been introducing low CO2-emitting variants of several of its mainstream car models under the BlueMotion banner. The latest addition to that lineup is the big Touareg SUV which is getting some tweaks to reduce its fuel consumption. Like its smaller siblings, the Touareg gets low rolling resistance tires and revised final drive ratio to lower engine revs. Aerodynamic drag is reduced by dropping the body one inch closer to the ground than regular models.

The 225 hp 3.0-liter V6 diesel earns a 28.3 mpg (U.S.) rating on the EU combined driving cycle. That's a 10 percent boost over the standard Touareg TDI with the same engine. That's also an improvement over the 26.1 mpg (U.S.) of the recently demonstrated Touareg hybrid. Europeans will be able to get the Touareg TDI BlueMotion for €50,450 effective immediately.

[Source: Volkswagen]

press release as translated by Google

Touareg V6 TDI: consumption of around 10 percent

BlueMotion technology to the luxury SUV-ordered

Wolfsburg, 22 May 2009 - Volkswagen is expanding its range of vehicles with more environmentally friendly BlueMotion technology: Effective immediately, the Touareg V6 TDI with BlueMotion Technology ordered. A consumption of 8.3 liters, this luxury SUV from Volkswagen, despite the all-wheel drive and a power of 165 kW (225 hp) is possible.

A combination of different measures makes this possible: An intelligent energy management charges the battery during the push phase of the vehicle and it also relieves the engine. A 25 mm lowered chassis reduces air resistance. Optimized tire rolling resistance, longer axle as well as many internal measures also contribute their part in making the consumption by over 10 per cent. This leaves the functionality of the exception received full-Offroad: trailer loads of up to 3.5 tonnes, he coped well as the playful ride through rough terrain.

The Touareg V6 TDI with BlueMotion technology is equipped with a 6-speed automatic and a particulate filter fitted. Externally, it is only by the corresponding letters on the stern and the standard 17-inch alloy wheels "Makalu" visible. In addition, the CD-radio "delta", an air-conditioning, the useful speed control system and the multifunction leather steering wheel in this package with on board.

The Touareg with BlueMotion technology is now available for order. The basic price is € 50,450, in combination with the special model "North Sails" at € 59,500.

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