The Volkswgen Touareg is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and while a lot of folks in Europe have enjoyed the full-sized SUV for as long as it’s been around, people here in the US haven’t had that long of a love affair with the vehicle.
The German automaker hopes to change all that after announcing that a special-edition Touareg, dubbed the Touareg X, is coming to America.
The "X" designation on the SUV is a reference to its 10th year anniversary and as one can expect with a limited-run set, the Touareg X has its fair share of custom goodies, befitting of its stature as a special edition.
The SUV itself is based on the Volkswagen Touareg TDI Clean Diesel Lux and has been revised to include a number of new features, including a Moonlight Blue Pearl exterior, a new set of 19-inch, Moab-style alloy wheels, and an interior that’s been dressed to the nines.
One look at the cabin and you immediately know that this Touareg is dressed to impress. There are Vienna leather seats, a black headliner and engineered ebony wood trim. In addition to all of that, the Touareg X’s cabin also got piano black accents, illuminated sill plates and faux aluminum pedal covers.
Power wasn’t modified, and yet we don’t think anybody will have problems with the Touareg X’s 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6 engine, developing 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.
Like we said, the Touareg X is a limited run vehicle with only 1,000 units earmarked to come Stateside. Pricing begins at $56,170.
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The current-generation Volkswagen Touareg was unveiled in 2010 and after only three years, the company is already in the process of building a refreshed model.
For now, though, the Touareg still looks like a really sweet ride, highlighted by a versatility that shows itself with a choice of four gasoline and four diesel powertrains being offered for the Volkswagen SUV,
For the first time, Touareg also has an optional a hybrid powertrain that combines a high-voltage electric motor with a direct-injected, supercharged TSI V-6 cranking out 333 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Gallery Volkswagen Touareg
TOUAREG X SPECIAL EDITION CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF VOLKSWAGEN’S MID-SIZE LUXURY SUV
Just 1000 Touareg X models will be made, based on the TDI® Clean Diesel Lux trim line
Herndon, VA - Ten years ago, Volkswagen introduced its first mid-size luxury SUV, the Touareg. Since then, 700,000 have been sold around the world, with 121,385 of them in the U.S, to-date. To celebrate the anniversary, Volkswagen will sell 1000 Touareg X models, based off the TDI Clean Diesel Lux trim. The car commemorates the Touareg SUV’s decade-long history offering advanced, fuel-saving technologies, and a premium driving experience.
The 2014 Touareg X is priced at $56,170. Compared to a standard Touareg TDI Lux, it features a number of unique exterior and interior features. On the outside, the Touareg X is distinguished by unique 19-inch “Moab” aluminum-alloy wheels, striking Moonlight Blue Pearl paint, LED taillights, and Touareg X-specific badging.
Inside, the Touareg SUV’s already luxurious interior is enhanced by Vienna leather seating surfaces in Black Anthracite and a complementing black headliner. Defining this tenth-anniversary model are unique Engineered Ebony Wood accents on the dashboard and doors that complement the piano black center console. The upscale look is rounded out by aluminum door sill scuffplates with front illumination, aluminum-appearance pedal covers, and ambient lighting. It has never been so comfortable conquering the wilderness or maneuvering through busy city streets.
As with all TDI Lux models, the Touareg X is powered by Volkswagen’s 3.0-liter turbocharged and direct injection V-6 TDI Clean Diesel engine that makes 240 horsepower and a stout 406 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and achieves an EPA estimated 29 mpg on the highway, giving a range of more than 700 highway miles on each tank of ultra-low-sulfur diesel. The 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system is standard.
The Touareg X has a long list of standard equipment that includes a panoramic powered sunroof; Keyless access with push-button start; Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights; front fog- and cornering lights; the sophisticated RNS 850 navigation system with an eight-inch color touchscreen, 60GB hard drive, and rearview camera; Bluetooth® technology; Climatronic® dual-zone air conditioning; 12-way powered and heated front seats with driver seat memory and power adjustable lumbar; and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.