Two days after the official launch of the new Volkswagen Touareg, the German company felt it was necessary to organize a special event in Munich, Germany to celebrate the world premiere of the new generation SUV.
The event was quite grandiose as over 600 guests and celebrities from politics, industry, radio and television participated at the presentation. The new Volkswagen Touareg was officially revealed to the participating guests during this event although the official world debut will take place at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in about two weeks. The funny thing was how the organizers tried to make event be a lot like a combination between the Late Night show with Conan O`Brien and Top Gear. Who knows, maybe this is the key of making a successful show.
The new generation Volkswagen Touareg is lighter by 208 kilograms and lighter than the first generation of the SUV and it will get a hybrid powertrain option right from the start. The second generation Volkswagen Touareg practically shares the platform with the future generation of the Porsche Cayenne. In terms of styling, the new Volkswagen Touareg gets a new face inspired from the latest production and concept models like the Volkswagen NCC, the Volkswagen Polo or the Volkswagen Golf while keeping the basic shape of the first generation. The most interesting drivetrain of the new Volkswagen Touareg is the hybrid one, which combines a 47 horsepower electric motor with a 3.3 liter supercharged V6 TSI engine with an output of 333 horsepower and 358 Nm of torque for a combined total output of 580 Nm of torque and 380 horsepower. The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid has a fuel consumption of 8.2 liters per 100 kilometers (28.7 mpg US or 34.4 mpg UK) and is able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and it can be driven up to 30 mph or 50 km/h exclusively on electricity.
Check out the large photo gallery from the Munich event below.
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