Volkswagen has expanded the line-up of its Phaeton and Touareg models by adding a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder TDI engine.

The new 2,967 cc V6 turbodiesel features four valves per cylinder and piezo electric injector technology, which allows up to four fuel injections per cycle for better emissions control and refinement. Both the Touareg and the Phaeton V6 TDI feature Volkswagen’s new DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) – the first Volkswagens to use this technology in the UK.

The V6 TDI Phaeton joins the powerful 5.0-litre V10 TDI, and like all versions of Volkswagen’s flagship saloon, it comes with sophisticated 4Zone climate control, CDC air suspension and xenon headlights, among a host of other luxurious standard equipment. The Phaeton delivers 29.4 mpg on the combined cycle – enough for a theoretical range of almost 600 miles between fuel stops. The Phaeton V6 TDI starts at £41,040 for the five-seat model, rising to £46,495 for the four-seat version.

With the arrival of the V6, the number of TDI diesels in the Touareg 4×4 range increases to three. Slotting in between the 2.5-litre TDI and the 5.0-litre V10 TDI, the Touareg V6 TDI costs £34,200, with the Sport version adding £1,070.

Both vehicles are available to order now.

Technical specification

Phaeton V6 TDI

Touareg V6 TDI

Cubic capacity – litres / cc

3.0 / 2,967

Output – PS / rpm

225 / 4,000

Max torque – lbs ft / rpm

332 / 1,400 – 3,250

369 / 1,750

Gearbox

6 speed tiptronic automatic

Top speed – mph

145

125

0-62 mph – secs

8.8

9.9

Economy – mpg urban

21.9

19.3

extra urban

36.7

32.5

combined

29.4

25.9

CO2 – g/km

259

294