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2014-04-17 12:01

HEADED FOR SA: Volkswagen’s updated Touareg will arrive in South Africa in 2015. Image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s redesigned Touareg made its debut at the 2014 China auto in Beijing.  Sporting refreshed styling, new features, trim levels and improved  efficiency, Volkswagen claims its rugged SUV is more competitive than ever.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen SA confirms the new Touareg will arrive locally "early in 2015".

The front-end design of the Touareg features larger headlights (now xenons), a deeper and redesigned radiator grille with four horizontal fins and a tweaked bumper, giving the SUV a wider stance.

The rear sports a redesigned bumper with integrated LED foglights and a new  diffuser between the twin exhausts. It has new side mirrors, a range of new wheel designs and paint options.

Inside, the Touareg benefits from new leather upholstery, redesigned accents and lighting.

The all-wheel drive Touareg is launched with a range of engines; turbodiesel (V6 and V8 TDI), petrol (V6 and V8 FSI), turbocharged petrol (V6 TSI) and Hybrid (V6 TSI and electric motor). The V6 units are mated to eight-speed auto and all engines are equipped with stop/start.

In addition to its 4Motion all-wheel drive all units have an off-road driving mode that is operated via a rotary switch. It configures the anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution and traction control for off-road use, activates hill climb assist and gearshift points of the auto transmission.

All models are equipped with an automatic post-collision braking system and a coasting function (only available with eight-speed auto). The coasting function utilises the vehicle’s kinetic energy when driving downhill or when acceleration is not needed.

The optional automatic distance control (ADC) has been enhanced. It uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to detect distance from the car in front, maintain a preselected speed and automatically brake or accelerate in traffic.

The ADC now includes an emergency braking function and can automatically pull away in stop-and-go traffic.

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