Revised VW Touareg debuts at China Auto Show

The revised Volkswagen Touareg has made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show.  The changes include subtle styling updates both front and rear, new gadgets, and revisions to improve fuel efficiency and emissions.

The headlights are larger, now bi-xenon as standard on all models, with a restyled grille and front bumper.

The rear bumper has been redesigned, too, with integrated LED rear fog-lights, and there’s a new rear diffuser.

Subtle changes have also been made to the door mirrors and interior lighting, while new paint colours and alloy wheel designs round out the changes.

All Touareg models now feature a post-collision braking system, while the optional Automatic Distance Control has been enhanced and now includes a city emergency braking function.  As well as using radar to maintain the distance to the vehicle in front, it can now also pull-away automatically in stop-start traffic.

Changes to improve the Touareg’s fuel efficiency include low rolling resistance tyres, a stop/start system with battery regeneration, and a coasting function for the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Both V6 TDI engines are now EU6 compliant, and this has been achieved through the use of a new SCR-DPF catalytic converter module which makes use of AdBlue additive to reduce emissions.

While the base 3.0-litre V6 TDI continues to produce 204PS, the more powerful unit has seen its output increased from 245PS to 258PS, while economy improves from 39.9 mpg to 41.5 mpg.  CO2 emissions fall from 189 g/km to 178 g/km.

The 204PS unit, meanwhile, now returns 42.8 mpg and 174 g/km.

VW says the V8 diesel and Hybrid models will no longer be available in the UK.

The revised VW Touareg will be available to order this August, with first deliveries expected in November.  Prices have yet to be announced.