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It was ten years ago that Volkswagen introduced its first mid-sized luxury SUV, the Touareg. Since then, 700,000 have been sold around the work, with 121,385 of them right here in the U.S., to-date. To celebrate the anniversary, Volkswagen has released only 1000 Touareg X models, based off the TDI Clean Diesel Lux trim.
Priced at $56,170, the 2014 Touareg X commemorates the Touareg SUV’s decade-long history offering advanced, fuel-saving technologies, and a premium driving experience. Compared to the standard Touareg TDI Lux, it features a number of unique exterior and interior features. On the outside, the Touareg X will stand out with its unique 19-inch Moab aluminum-alloy wheels, striking Moonlight Blue Pearl paint, LED taillights, and Touareg X-specific badging.
The Touareg SUV’s already luxurious interior is enhanced by Vienna leather seat surfaces in Black Anthracite and a complementary black headliner. Finishing touches such as uniquely engineered ebony wood accents on the dashboard and doors that complement the piano black center console define this tenth anniversary model. The upscale look is rounded out by aluminum door sill scuffplates with front illumination, aluminum-appearance pedal covers, and ambient lighting.
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.
by: Zach McDonald – HybridCars.com
Last month, Volkswagen invited members of the automotive press to test drive its E-Bugster electric vehicle at the Laguna Seca track in Monterey, California. Since the concept reportedly cost $2 million to build, VW didn’t give the writers free reign with the car, electronically limiting its speed to 18 mph in an attempt to give journalists a taste of the experience without subjecting the prototype to the rigors of a typical test drive. Still, the tests represented the first chance anyone has had to drive car after its unveiling in Detroit earlier this year.
The E-Bugster concept shares most of its technology with the VW eGolf, which Volkswagen deployed in test fleets last year and will release in select markets in late-2013. Cosmetically, the car previews the latest design iteration of the Beetle convertible, which is expected to debut at auto shows later this year. The E-Bugster is powered by an 85-kilowatt electric motor connected to a 28.3 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery (slightly larger than the eGolf’s), and is capable of a peak output of 114 horsepower.
VW says range for the car stands at 110 miles, and that when the drivetrain isn’t governed to remain below 18 mph (as it was in these test drives), it can accelerate from 0-60 in about 10 seconds. Inside the vehicle, test drivers were treated to rather stunning white-on-black styling, likely indicative of the overall look and feel of the forthcoming gas-powered Beetle convertible.
Volkswagen has announced no plans to sell the E-Bugster yet, and if it does, it will likely be a limited-release offering available only in select markets like California (where short-run green vehicles are useful in helping carmakers satisfy state emissions requirements). Still, it’s always positive to see automakers experiment with different electric drivetrain models and configurations―if only as a taste of what a more electrified vehicle market might someday look like.