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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 Overview
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The Volkswagen Touareg received a thorough restyling for this model year, signifying the most substantial changes since the SUV's 2003 introduction. The new Touareg 2 builds on the highly acclaimed first-generation model, but Volkswagen claims significant improvements in power, safety, comfort, and off-road abilities.
Design highlights include a new front fascia, a new grille, additional chrome trim, polycarbonate lens covers, and new aerodynamically enhanced side-view mirrors. In the rear, the Touareg 2 has a roof-edge spoiler, a new exhaust system, and a redesigned bumper.
The Touareg 2 will also receive a series of interior design enhancements. The luxurious and functional interior is filled with high-quality materials and striking new color schemes. A new instrument cluster includes a larger color-enhanced display screen, providing the driver with a variety of information and personalization opportunities. Other interior highlights include redesigned seating with a 12-way power driver's seat, a standard dual-zone or optional four-zone climate control system, an optional keyless access system, a power liftgate, Sirius satellite radio (with three months of free service), and a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system. This custom-designed system is backed by 620 watts.
There are three variations of the 2008 Touareg: the base VR6, midlevel V8, and powerful V10 TDI Twin Turbo. All three engines benefit from VW's new FSI fuel management system, which boosts both fuel efficiency and horsepower. The VR6's 3.6-liter V6 produces 280 horsepower, while the 4.2-liter V8 delivers 350. Volkswagen's 5.0-liter V10 TDI twin turbo generates 310 horses and 553 pound-feet of torque. All three engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive is standard on all models.
The VR6 is available with options like Cricket Leather, walnut trim, an upgraded center console, a 12-way power passenger seat, and bi-xenon headlights with AFS. These items are all standard on the two upper trim levels. Options across the lineup include a DVD navigation system, a rear backup camera, and a four-corner air suspension.