With a more aggressive look than the current generation, the 2010 Touareg will be meaner, leaner and greener and it’s design will be inspired by the smaller Tiguan. The new Tiguan will go on sale in 2010 and will be a serious competition for the BMW X5, Mercedes M-Class and Audi Q7.

Volkswagen says the 2010 Touareg will be lighter and more efficient than the outgoing model with a hi-tech hybrid version set to follow a year or two after the 2010 model will go on sale.

The exterior will feature wraparound headlamps, a large grille and big bumper incorporating a sump guard. The rear has a distinctive kink in the C-pillar, while a split tailgate will allow owners to open the glass independently. The interior will offer more room thanks to a wheelbase that’s been stretched by 50mm.

The 2010 Touareg’s structure will use plenty of aluminium so the weight will be reduced by 300kg.

The engine range will start from the 276bhp 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine and will go to a 345bhp 4.2-litre V8. Diesel engines are also going to be offered: two V6 TDI units will be used, with 2.7 litres and 3.0 litres respectively. All the engines will be matted with a six-speed Tiptronic gearbox.

In 2012 a hybrid version will join the line-up. The 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine will be combined with a powerful electric motor to obtain a economical, but also quick SUV.

Source: AutoExpress

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