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VW Touareg: Next generation strives for efficiency, lose V8

VW Touareg
We found some more information about the next-generation VW Touareg in 2011.

Targets for the new model are better economy — both through significantly more efficient powertrains and lighter overall weight — plus the incorporation of a third row of child seats.

Volkswagen wants to be known as the downsized engine specialist. In Europe, it has made double-digit economy gains by replacing many of its 1.8 and 2.0-liter engines with direct-gasoline-injection forced-induction 1.4s — including one with both a turbocharger and a supercharger. The V-8 will be replaced with a supercharged V-6 making 290 horsepower and 310 pound-feet from just 3.0-liters, coupled to an eight-speed automatic. The VR6 engine dies.

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Source: Motor Trend