NEW FOR 2011:

– Redesigned model

For 2011, the Volkswagen Touareg is redesigned. The new model is slightly larger than the outgoing Touareg, but weighs less. The interior is new, the engines are improved, and the transmission is now an eight-speed instead of a six-speed. A new hybrid version will be sold in very limited quantities in the U.S. and will not be sold in Canada for 2011.

The Touareg is available with a 3.6-litre direct-injection gasoline engine or 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel. Both use an eight-speed automatic transmission with 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive. Both engines are available in Comfortline, Highline and Execline trim.

Features on the Comfortline include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power heated seats, 60/40 split-folding, sliding and reclining rear seats, auto-dimming mirror, automatic headlamps, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, compass, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, heated washer nozzles, keyless entry, interior lighting package, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, media device interface with iPod connectivity, multifunction trip computer, heated mirrors, 115-volt power outlet, privacy glass, navigation system with CD/DVD playback, Sirius satellite radio, tire pressure monitoring system and silver roof rails.

The 3.0 turbodiesel Comfortline also includes a power tailgate.

The Highline adds twelve-way power leather seats with memory, two-piece sliding centre armrest, genuine burr walnut inserts, garage door opener, panoramic sunroof, power rear seat backrest release and power tailgate.

The 3.0 turbodiesel Highline also adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and pushbutton start.

The Execline adds 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with LED technology, Dynaudio premium stereo, heated rear seats, heated power-adjustable steering wheel, pushbutton start, manual rear sunshades, park distance control and rear-view camera.

The 3.0 turbodiesel Execline also adds 20-inch alloy wheels and a sport suspension.

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