A fresh-faced VW Touareg has been announced ahead of its debut at the Auto China show in Beijing.
A few tweaks have been bestowed upon the Volkswagen Touareg sports utility vehicle. It will go on sale in the UK in August, with deliveries expected to arrive in November 2014.
The new Tourareg is largely similar to the old one save for larger bi-xenon headlights across the range, a deeper radiator grille with four horizontal fins instead of two, new door mirror caps and a new bumper designed to give the vehicle a wider appearance.
At the back are LED rear fog lights within the rear bumper and a new rear diffuser that sits between the twin-tailpipes. New alloy wheels and new paint jobs will be available.
Standard equipment is more generous. A post-collision braking system keeps you from rolling in the event of an accident and a coasting function on the eight-speed automatic uses the kinetic energy when driving downhill to save fuel.
Automatic distance control (ADC for short) is an optional extra. An enhanced version of the feature allows the driver to select a distance to maintain from the car in front and keep a pre-selected speed. Braking and acceleration is automatic and it offers an emergency braking function at low speeds. It can even pull away for you in stop/start traffic situations.
Engine revisions have made the Touareg more efficient. The entry-level 204PS (201bhp) 3.0-litre V6 TDI, for instance, now offers 42.8mpg and 174g/km of CO2 emissions, up from 40.4mpg and 184g/km. The 258PS (254bhp) engine, which is 13PS more powerful than its predecessor, returns 41.5mpg and 178g/km instead of 39.9mpg and 189g/km. The V8 diesel and Hybrid are going to be ditched in the UK.
No word on pricing just yet. VW said it would release more details later in the year. Until then, pictures of the new Touareg await. Or you can check out the VW T-Roc concept from earlier this year.