Volkswagen's flagship SUV picks up more efficient engine options and new model grades.
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Volkswagen Australia has announced pricing and specification for its 2021 Touareg SUV line-up ahead of a local showroom debut in October.

The 190TDI V6 has been dropped from the Touareg line-up, with a new Euro 6 compliant 3.0-litre V6 diesel powering 170TDI, 210TDI Elegance and 210TDI R-Line variants. A Bentley-sourced 4.0-litre diesel V8 motivates the range-topping Touareg V8 TDI R-Line.

Pricing starts at $81,490 plus on-road costs for the 170kW/500Nm Touareg 170TDI, with the 210kW/600Nm 210TDI Elegance and 210TDI R-Line asking $99,490 and $108,490 respectively, plus on-road costs. The 310kW/900Nm Touareg V8 TDI R-Line closes the line-up at $136,490 plus on-road costs.

Volkswagen claims the 170TDI and 210TDI engines will get 6.8-litres/100km compared to the outgoing 190TDI's 7.4L/100km. The Touareg V8 R-Line returns a claimed 7.5L/100km.

All variants send power through an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system. The 2021 Touareg line-up also gets a larger 90 litre fuel tank (from the previous 75L), with a 24L AdBlue tank.

AdBlue is an ammonia-based fluid that is sprayed into the exhaust, turning harmful emissions into steam.

R-Line becomes a separate model grade on the 2021 Touareg rather than an options package.

The Touareg 170TDI gets IQ Drive – with emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring, lane assist with lane guidance, emergency, traffic and park assist, adaptive cruise control, front and rear cross-traffic assist, driver fatigue detection, a 360-degree camera, and front and rear parking sensors with a rear view camera – as standard.

LED head and tail lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, electric tailgate with keyless entry and start, a 9.2-inch touchscreen, heated and electric leather front seats, auto-dimming mirrors and rain-sensing wipers come as standard for 170TDI.

Touareg 210TDI Elegance gains 20-inch alloy wheels, LED matrix headlights with a washing system, air suspension, two-tone leather trim, and heated and ventilated front seats with eight massage programs.

The 210TDI R-Line gets all-wheel steering, active roll stabilisation, rear and side window tint (Volkswagen claims absorbs 82 per cent of light), R-Line leather interior, memory for front seats, mirrors and steering adjustment, brushed stainless steel pedals, R-Line multi-function steering wheel with heating and paddle shifters, and black headlining.

The range-topping Touareg V8 TDI R-Line gets ‘night vision’ thermal imaging, 21-inch alloy wheels with a tyre pressure monitoring system and the $8000 sound and comfort package – which includes an improves sound system, four-zone climate control, heated second-row seats, park assist and manoeuvre braking – as standard. The package is also offered on entry-level Touareg for the first time.

An $8000 Innovision package is now fitted as standard on all trims above 170TDI, adding a 15-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heads-up display, ambient interior lighting, a volume scroll wheel and gloss black centre console.

A panoramic sunroof can be added to trims above 170TDI for $3000, with metallic and pearl effect paints costing an additional $2100.

The 2021 Volkswagen Touareg line-up is offered with three- or five-year capped-price servicing, at $1350 and $2500 respectively.

2021 Volkswagen Touareg pricing

  • Touareg 170TDI – $81,490
  • Touareg 210TDI Elegance – $99,490
  • Touareg 210TDI R-Line – $108,490
  • Touareg V8 TDI R-Line – $136,490

All prices exclude on-road costs.