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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg is rolling into Australian showrooms this month with sharper exterior styling, an updated interior and subtle specification changes.

While Volkswagen Australia is yet to officially launch the updated Touareg or release local images (overseas model pictured here), documents seen by CarAdvice allow us to reveal pricing and specification details for the overhauled range.

The 2015 Touareg line-up has been cut to three variants – 150TDI, V6 TDI and V8 TDI – with Volkswagen Australia dropping the off-road-focused V6 TDI 4XMotion.

The price of the entry-level Touareg 150TDI is up $4000 to $67,990 plus on-road costs. The price rise is offset by the introduction of satellite navigation, in-built media hard drive, DVD player, voice recognition, and low-speed crash avoidance auto-braking.

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The price of the mid-range Touareg V6 TDI rises $1200 to $81,990, also adding auto-braking over the old model.

Prices and equipment levels of the flagship Touareg V8 TDI are unchanged, topping the range at $114,990 with exclusive features such as 21-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera, 12-speaker premium audio system, and heated rear seats, among others.

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg’s all-diesel engine line-up carries over from before albeit with a few tweaks. It’s kicked off with the 150kW/450Nm (up from 400Nm) engine in the base model, while the 180kW/550Nm tune for the 3.0-litre V6 and the 250kW/800Nm output of the 4.2-litre V8 remain stable.

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The fresh styling introduces reshaped headlights that connect from top to bottom with a new four-slat grille, a reworked bumper with deeper creases and more angular intakes, a revised lower bumper with a new underbody protector panel, and subtle tweaks to the diffuser, reflectors, tailgate and badge at the rear.

The cabin gets new aluminium rotary knobs, additional chrome accents, and white instrument illumination (replaces red).

Stay tuned for official specifications and local images, expected soon.

 

2015 Volkswagen Touareg pricing (before on-road costs):
150TDI $67,990
V6 TDI $81,990
V8 TDI R-Line $114,990

 

2015 Volkswagen Touareg engines:
150TDI
3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel
150kW at 4000rpm
450Nm at 1250-2750rpm
Eight-speed automatic
7.2L/100km
0-100km/h: 8.5 seconds

V6 TDI
3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel
180kW at 4000rpm
550Nm at 1750-2250rpm
Eight-speed automatic
7.4L/100km
0-100km/h: 7.6 seconds

V8 TDI
4.2-litre V8 turbo diesel
250kW at 4000rpm
800Nm at 1750-2750rpm
Eight-speed automatic
9.2L/100km
0-100km/h: 5.8 seconds

 

2015 Volkswagen Touareg standard features:
150TDI:
18-inch alloy wheels
Auto bi-xenon headlights
LED daytime running lights
Active cornering lamps
Rain-sensing wipers
Front and rear parking sensors
Power-folding door mirrors
Roof rails
Tinted windows
Chrome exhaust tip
Eight-speaker audio system with in-built hard-drive, Bluetooth, USB, SD card reader, AUX, CD/DVD
Colour touchscreen
Satellite navigation
Reverse-view camera
Driver fatigue warning
Low-speed crash avoidance auto-braking
Cruise control
Dual-zone climate control
Voice recognition
Electric anti-glare rear-view mirror
Partial-leather upholstery
Electric heated front seats with adjustable bolsters
Leather steering wheel and gear knob

V6 TDI (adds over 150TDI):
20-inch alloy wheels
Electronic air suspension
Electronic damper control
Power tailgate
Woodgrain trim
Front seatback pockets
Alarm with tow-away protection

V8 TDI R-Line (adds over V6 TDI):
21-inch alloy wheels
Door mirrors with memory and auto-dipping on reverse
Extra-dark tinted windows
LED tail-lights
Proximity key with push-button start
Premium 12-speaker sound system with amplifier
Cruise control with distance control
Front and side-view camera
Blind spot sensor
Four-zone climate control
Front electric sports seats with memory
Power and memory seating column
Heated steering wheel
Sports pedals
Heated rear seats
Tyre pressure sensor




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