The facelifted 2015 Volkswagen Touareg has arrived in Australian dealerships in late January, but Volkswagen has just now revealed full pricing and specification information about the midsize crossover.
Gone for the new model year is the slow-selling V6 TDI 4XMOTION variant. Instead, VW is offering three trim levels:
- The base Touareg 150TDI trim level starts at $67,990 (up $4,000 over the 2014 model year vehicle)
- The mid-range V6 TDI trim level starts at $81,990 (a $1,200 increase)
- The range-topping Touareg V8 TDI R-Line starts at $114,990
Visually, the Aussie-market Touareg SUV receives identical updates as its global counterparts. Bi-Xenon headlights with LED accents are now standard across the range, and the front and rear bumpers, fog lights, front air intakes, and alloy wheel designs are either all-new or updated across the range for the 2015 Touareg.
On the inside, the 2015 Touareg gains standard Vienna leather upholstery (Nappa leather is available on upper-tier models), along with heated and electronically-controlled front seats, a touchscreen navigation and infotainment system, genuine wood accent trim, and a suite of new safety features, including Volkswagen’s Multi-Collision Brake post-accident safety system first introduced on the Golf 7 MPV.
But it is under the hood that the main differences between the Australian- and U.S.-market Touareg SUVs can be found:
- The base 150TDI model gets a turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with more torque than before
- The V6 TDI Touareg model gains a revised 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 powerplant
- The V8 TDI R-Line trims retain their tried-and-true 4.2-liter turbo-diesel V8 mill
We should note that the North American-market Touareg Hybrid was recently recalled because it may catch fire from a fuel leak, so we hope that Volkswagen has worked out the kinks for the diesel-powered Australian models, or the blistering hot Outback may get even hotter soon.