Volkswagen Qatar have announced that the new Touareg will arrive in the showroom this December.

Managing Director of Volkswagen Qatar, Yan Lassade, said:

The new Touareg enjoys a refreshed exterior in addition to exciting new technical additions such as the Start-Stop 1.6 with neutral when rolling. A leader in the premium SUV sector, the latest Touareg offers its audience an economical drive experience, whether on or off-road. Thanks to a stylish design and smart technology, the Touareg is a luxurious crossover SUV without compromise, as comfortable off-road as it is on the country’s highways. As a result the Touareg has enjoyed continued success in our market and we anticipate its popularity will continue with the arrival of the new model this December.’

Unveiled at the SUV world premiere in Beijing earlier this year, the new Touareg, has been redesigned to offer customers new front and rear designs, new technical features and a wide range of colours and interiors.

The Touareg is one of the world‘s most successful premium-class SUVs. Within a decade, Volkswagen has sold around 720,000 units of the high-class sport utility vehicle; last year alone over 70,000 drivers chose a new Touareg, which combines the best of passenger car comforts and off-road worlds in one model.

Exterior design and features

The front-end design of the Touareg was completely re-developed. Especially distinctive are the headlights which are now larger; moreover, bi-xenon headlights as standard and the newly designed LED daytime running lights, available from the SEL package onwards.

The trapezoid-shaped lights create a line towards the re-designed radiator grille in the middle of the vehicle. In contrast to the previous model, the grille is trimmed with four transverse chrome fins instead of two; the two lower fins are visually extended into the headlights. Together, the radiator grille and headlights form a prominent wide band.

Designed as a parallel line beneath it is the new bumper, which is now styled for a more horizontal effect. The new design gives the Touareg an even wider and more impressive appearance. Complementing this visual image is the lower area of the bumper, which boasts a completely new look. As on the new Scirocco R sports car from Volkswagen, the lower air inlet now forms a stylised ‘A’ instead of a ‘V’ that transitions into the side air inlets to the right and left; giving the new Touareg a fuller stance on the road.

When the ‘Chrome & Style’ package is ordered with the SEL, there is a chrome strip on the next level, which continues into the side and rear body sections. Beneath this strip are newly designed fog lights that are coordinated with the new bumper design. At the bottom level, there is a new front spoiler, which perfects the aerodynamics of the underbody and the front wheels

From the rear, the more precise styling of the Touareg is marked by its new, cleanly designed bumper which, similar to the front end, emphasises the width of the SUV. When the ‘Chrome & Style’ package is ordered as an option on the V6 package, a wrap-around chrome strip is integrated in the bumper.

The latest Touareg is available in a total of 12 body colours; five of which are new to the model package: Light Silver Metallic, Sweet Date Gold, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Black Oak Brown Metallic and Reef Blue Metallic.

Extensive range of standard features

The new Touareg is equipped with standard features such as bi-xenon, all-wheel drive, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control system with multifunction steering wheel, RCD 550 infotainment system with touchscreen, stop-start system, regenerative braking, coasting function, climate control system (Climatronic), servo steering and ESC with trailer stabilisation function.

The Start-Stop-system turns off the engine automatically when the car slows to 7km/h and comes to a halt. As soon as the brake pedal is lifted, the engine starts meaning the engine only runs when needed. Multiple-collision avoidance braking system – After a collision is detected, the brakes are automatically held in order to keep the car from rolling further unintended

The V8 versions offer extra standard features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, the ‘Chrome & Style’ design package, comfort seats in ‘Vienna leather’, fine wood accents, electric opening and closing function for the boot lid, anti-theft warning system and a Keyless entry and exit, and engine starting system.

Fuel consumption reduced by up to 6%. Thanks to extensive aerodynamic improvements (such as air inlet openings in the front of the vehicle, modified door mirror caps and new wheel spoiler), tyres optimisation for low rolling resistance and standard 8-speed automatic gearbox optimised for low friction, Volkswagen was able to improve the fuel efficiency of the Touareg by up to 6%.

In everyday driving, fuel consumption is also reduced by an optimised stop-start system, a standard coasting function for the V6 versions (until now only available with the Touareg Hybrid) which means as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the engine is decoupled from the gearbox; this is also known as ‘coasting’ – a function even possible at vehicle speeds up to 130 km/h.

The new Touareg will initially be available in the Middle East with both V6 and V8 FSI, a direct-injection petrol engines.

For more information, visit Volkswagen’s website or visit the Volkswagen showroom on Salwa Road.