IT'S little more than a month since Volkswagen launched the all-new 2018 Touareg, but the range is being expanded already with the availability of a second turbo-diesel engine.
A lower-powered, 231PS V6 turbodiesel engine joins the 286PS TDI unit which the new model was launched with in June.
Like the original unit, the new engine is available on the latest model's three trim levels -SEL, R-Line and R-Line Tech - and results in a lower starting price for the 2018 car with 231 PS V6 TDI models priced from Â£48,995.
The 231 PS engine delivers maximum power from 3,250 rpm to 4,750 rpm with peak torque of 500 Nm available from 1,750 rpm to 3,000 rpm. The new engine maintains the same COâ figure (173 g/km) and the same towing capacity (3,500 kg) as the 286 PS unit.
Specs and trim levels remain the same as models fitted with the 286PS engine with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive plus a limited slip differential.
Standard kit is generous and the SEL starter model comes fitted with 19-inch alloys, full LED headlights with LED static cornering lights. The rear tail lights are also LED, as are the rear fog lights.
Inside there's black leather and LED white interior lighting. The gear knob and steering wheel - which includes paddle shifters - are leather-trimmed with a gloss black inlay and aluminium trim..
The SEL is also equipped with the impressive Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system which has a 9.2-inch touchscreen at its heart. The system includes navigation with European mapping, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, and a variety of other features such as DAB radio. Functionality is enhanced by voice activation for the navigation and telephone functions.