|→ The new Touareg is the most technologically advanced Volkswagen model of its era.|
→ The third generation Touareg makes a bold statement on design, technology, handling and comfort.
→ With the “Innovision Cockpit” of the Touareg, Volkswagen has designed an interior for the future.
→ A fusion of assistance, comfort and driving dynamics systems allow for a new level of safety and performance.
→ Lighter and bigger: The aluminium-steel body of the new Touareg weighs 106 kg less and the luggage compartment has an additional 113 litres.
→ Success story: Around one million Touareg SUVs sold to date.
The new flagship takes a top position in the premium class SUV segment with its expressive design, its innovative operating, convenience and safety systems, as well as the high quality of its materials and craftsmanship. Worldwide sales of the previous two generations amount to nearly one million units. The Touareg, as comfortable as it is dynamic, is the most technically advanced Volkswagen of its era.
Equipped with connectivity for the modern era as well as a pioneering fusion of assist, comfort, light and infotainment systems, the all-rounder leads the way into the future. With the progressively designed Touareg, Volkswagen offers a model whose “Innovision Cockpit” is already providing the blueprint for the digital interior of tomorrow. The close integration of the assist systems bring a new level of safety and comfort; challenging situations like driving through narrow motorway construction sites are made easier using automatic driving functions if required. In parallel, new running gear systems such as 4-wheel steering provide a level of agility that sets standards in the Touareg segment. As one of the most technically and visually progressive SUVs of its time, the new Volkswagen has the potential to impress drivers of any type of luxury class model with an affinity for technology and design.
Premiere of the Innovision Cockpit. Volkswagen is presenting the fully digitalised Innovision Cockpit for the first time in the new Touareg. Here the digital instruments (Digital Cockpit with 12-inch display) and the top Discover Premium infotainment system (with 15-inch display) merge to form a digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit that hardly needs any conventional buttons or switches. With the Innovision Cockpit, the Touareg provides the blueprint for tomorrow’s digital interior today.
A focus on people. Drivers use the Innovision Cockpit to adapt the assistance, handling and comfort systems specifically to their personal tastes; the car becomes ‘their’ Touareg. This opens up a world in which the driver and on-board passengers no longer have to adapt to the car; rather the car adapts to them. Like a new smartphone, the Volkswagen is set up and tuned to personal needs and this is made possible by a new high level of connected systems and programmes controlled via digital interfaces and the multifunction steering wheel.
Fusion of new assistance, handling and comfort systems. The Touareg is launching with the largest range of assistance, handling and comfort systems ever to be integrated into a Volkswagen. These include technologies such as the optional Night Vision assistance system, part of the Advanced Safety Package: Lane Assist & Side Assist with Night Vision and Head-up display, detects people and animals in the darkness via a thermal imaging camera, active 4-wheel steering (makes the Touareg handle like a compact car) and ‘IQ.Light Matrix LED headlights’ (interactive, camera-based dipped and main beam headlight control). These systems are interconnected via a new central control unit working imperceptibly in the background and making travel safer, more convenient and more intuitive than ever.
New dimensions and reduced weight. Compared to its predecessor, the third generation Touareg is moderately wider and longer. The new dimensions have positive effects on both the vehicle’s proportions and the amount of interior space. The added exterior length leads, for example, to a significant increase in luggage capacity, from 697 to 810 litres (with the rear bench seat up). Despite its increased length and width, the car body is 106 kg lighter because of its mixed material construction of aluminium
(48%) and high-tech steels (52%).
V6 TDI delivering 190kW. The 3.0 TDI V6 engine outputs 190 kW of power between 3,250 and 4,250 rpm. This common rail turbodiesel engine with 2,967 cm³ displacement develops a strong 600 Newton- metres torque from 2,250 rpm – 3,250 rpm.
Modular longitudinal matrix. The design of the new Touareg is based on the modular longitudinal matrix (MLM) of the Volkswagen Group. It includes models starting from the top mid-class with engines and gearboxes installed longitudinally. Compared to its predecessor, the third generation is moderately wider and longer, making it flatter. The new dimensions: 4,878 mm length (+77 mm), 1,984 mm width (+44 mm) and 1,702 mm height (-7 mm). The increase in length and width in conjunction with the slightly reduced height leads to significantly more dynamic proportions.
Alternative to the establishment. Volkswagen head designer Klaus Bischoff and his team transferred the design of the Touareg to a new time and dimension. Design and technology correspond perfectly. With the third generation Touareg, Volkswagen has refined the positioning of its flagship – an exclusive all-rounder that forms an alternative to the establishment with its pioneering, innovative technology, its versatility as well as its excellent comfort and dynamic properties. The expressive design of the Touareg reflects the new positioning.
Superior flagship. While the first generation SUV was characterised by a dominant off-road DNA, this direction increasingly changed from the second generation to the new Touareg towards a progressive, modern and exclusive all-rounder, but always still ready to master the dirt tracks of the planet and to reach any destination.
Front end. The expressive front end of the Touareg is particularly distinctive. The chromed solid grille appears to be machined from solid metal and seamlessly interwoven with the continuous lines of the signature light. Head Designer, Klaus Bischoff says: “We wanted to create something with this front end that had never been seen before. We combined the chrome elements of the front end and the new LED light system of the Touareg so that the transition between design and technology blended into a new entity. Innovative, expressive and impossible to imitate. This front end makes the new Touareg one of the most distinctive SUVs on the global market.“
Silhouette. The sides of the Touareg body look like a stretched sail blown by a tailwind. Accentuated front wheel housings and well-formed rear shoulder edges highlight the superiority of the Touareg on any terrain. And this was the goal – to design the most superior SUV of its class. The opposing window lines and character lines at the side are stylish. And the roof line is striking. It seamlessly extends on the striking side line and dynamically concludes with the C-pillar that is angled towards the front.
New range of rims. The increase in dynamics is also reflected in the new range of Touareg rims. Each rim design harmonises with the design of the silhouette. The size of the alloy wheels now starts at 18 inches instead of 17-inches and ends with the 21-inch format. The wheels available include the 18 inch alloy wheels “Concordia”, the 19-inch alloy wheels “Esperance”, the 20-inch alloy wheels “Braga” and “Nevada” as well as the 21-inch alloy wheel “Suzuka”.
Rear end. The wide shoulder above the rear wheels and the resulting indented greenhouse form a rear end with a strong presence. This superiority is emphasised by the LED taillight clusters. They not only highlight the large total width of the Touareg but also the LED graphic of the front end with its L-shaped signature light. The aesthetics of the shape is by no means detrimental to functionality. To the contrary, almost the entire width is filled out by the boot lid – but it can hardly be seen; what remains in your memory is therefore unique and solely the dynamics of the Touareg.
“Innovision Cockpit” as the centre. The optional “Innovision Cockpit” celebrates its world première in the third generation Touareg. It is the control centre of a new era – an interactive interface for the Touareg where the information and settings of all essential comfort, assist and infotainment systems converge in one matrix. The interior designers completely redesigned the vehicle interior of the Touareg and consistently customised it for the digital age. The majority of all buttons are integrated in the 15-inch (1,920 x 1,020 pixel) screen of the top infotainment system, “Discover Premium”, that is curved towards the driver. This also includes the control of the 2-zone air conditioning system or the 4-zone air conditioning system as well as the activation of seat heating and seat ventilation. Intuitive and frequently used switches such as the volume control have a deliberate analogue design (alternatively the volume can also be changed using a touch function on the screen of the infotainment system). The glass-covered display of the “Discover Premium“ to the side of the driver is visually connected to the “Digital Cockpit” that is also covered in glass – the 12-inch high resolution digital instruments (1,920 x 720 pixel) of the Touareg. Both displays produce a consistent digital landscape in a one screen design on one viewing and operating axis. The “Innovision Cockpit” can be enhanced with an optional “head-up display” that virtually projects important information in the space in front of the driver on the windscreen. The “Innovision Cockpit” is a departure from the conventional – never before has a Volkswagen interior of this type been digitalised and extensively linked to the vehicle functions and outside world to such an extent.
“Digital Cockpit” in detail. The “Digital Cockpit” is a completely digitalised alternative to the standard analogue instruments of the Touareg and a central component of the “Innovision Cockpit”. The layout of the 12-inch display can be personalised by the driver via the home screen or using the multifunction steering wheel. The layout as well as the type and range of displays can be varied depending on your taste. If less is preferred, it can be reduced to just the navigation or the media centre (as well as the digital speed and selector lever display), for example. The daily and total number of kilometres display is always active and remains at the same position at the bottom.
Different system displays can also be integrated in the “Digital Cockpit”:
Head-up display. The information of the head-up display (windshield head-up display) is projected directly onto the windscreen. The display is in the direct field of vision of the driver – they can therefore obtain all the main information without looking away from the road. The head-up display has a virtual screen size of 217 x 88 mm making it the largest display of this type offered by Volkswagen to date. The driver can vary the range of displays in the head-up display.
The following information can be shown:
Head-up display is part of an optional Advanced Safety Package which includes Lane Assist and Side Assist with Night Vision.
The highest level of comfort, quality and exclusivity. Regardless of how rough and demanding the onroad and offroad terrain of the new Touareg may sometimes be, the vehicle interior of the Volkswagen SUV always remains a luxurious comfort zone. The screens of the “Innovision Cockpit” with their glass covered surfaces as well as the aluminium and chrome details allow the extraordinarily high quality to be seen and felt. The individualisation of the interior is achieved with two trim lines: “Luxury” and “Executive”.
Largest Volkswagen panoramic sliding roof. Natural light comes in through the largest panoramic sliding roof that Volkswagen has ever realised in the vehicle interior. The transparent roof section is 1,270 mm long and 825 mm wide (inner dimension). The front half of the roof can be continuously opened and electrically moved back by 495 mm and raised. An electrically activated cloth roller blind reduces the sun rays. Panoramic glass sunroof is offered as a standard feature.
Ambient light in 30 colours. Night rides are now more pleasant thanks to a newly developed LED ambient light. Using the ambient light, the atmosphere on board the Touareg can also be personalised. Here, 30 light colours whose brightness can be continuously adjusted are available as an option.
An overview of the ambient light zones:
“Discover Pro” (standard navigation system). “Discover Pro” is the standard navigation system. The glass-covered TFT touchscreen of the radio navigation system is 9.2-inch in size. As for the optional “Discover Premium”, “Discover Pro” also has a proximity sensor system and the innovative gesture control, usable 10GB memory, two SD card slots as well as a Bluetooth mobile phone interface. Smartphones can also be integrated and charged via two USB ports.
“Discover Premium”. At the centre of the “Innovision Cockpit” is the top infotainment system “Discover Premium” – a radio navigation system, telephone, information centre and interface for configuring various vehicle functions at the same time. A functional and visual highlight is the display that for the first time is designed as a curved sheet of glass. This is operated with “Discover Premium” equipped with a proximity sensor via the touchscreen and by means of gesture and voice control depending on the function. The equipment includes 10GB usable memory, two SD card slots, an AUX-IN socket, four USB ports as well as a Bluetooth mobile phone interface.
Personalised settings. Including those of the “Innovision Cockpit” and the “Head-up Display”, personal settings are saved in the vehicle system and automatically called up using the personal vehicle key. This is particularly practical when the Touareg has been driven with another key by a friend or family member. Alternatively, the settings can be activated when starting using a menu that opens automatically. A total of seven profiles of different drivers can be saved in the Touareg.
Optional Dynaudio sound system with 730 Watt output. The new Touareg is fitted with an 80 Watt power amplifier that is integrated in the central computer of the infotainment system. The sound is transmitted via four treble loudspeakers (two in the A-pillars, two in the front door panel) each with a 65 mm diameter as well as four 200 mm bass loudspeakers in the front and back doors. As an option there is a high-end sound system that was specifically tailored for use in the new Touareg together with Danish audio specialists Dynaudio. The system uses a Dolby 7.1 power amplifier with a power of 730 Watt to power a total of 12 loudspeakers
Two trim lines. Two trim lines are available for the Touareg: Luxury and Executive. Luxury stands for a technical interior world dominated by metal and matching colours while the Executive has a sporty design.
|STANDARD FEATURES||OPTIONAL FEATURES|
· Design package (Scuff plates, trapezoidal tailpipes, decorative aluminium trim & boot edge trim)
· LED taillight clusters
· Alloy wheels: 19-inch Esperance
· LED Headlights, with LED Daytime Running Lights
· Roof rails, silver-anodised
· Multi-function steering wheel in leather, with shift paddles
· ergoComfort “Vienna” seats: Leather trim with seat heating, 4-way adjustable lumbar support and rear centre armrest
· Easy Open/Easy Close (Keyless Access with Easy Open sensor; Power opening and closing tailgate)
· Electrically Foldable Towbar with Trailer Assist
· Parking Package: rear view camera with Park Assist and Park Distance Control
· Lights and Vision Package
· Electrically folding towbar
· Memory Package: Power seat adjustment for front seats with memory feature, memory function and power folding mirrors
· Active climate front seats
· Climatic air conditioning
· Adaptive Cruise Control ACC ‘‘Stop & Go‘‘ including speed limiter
· Front Assist (‘‘Pre Sense‘‘)
· Panoramic sunroof
· “Discover Pro” navigation system
· Light Assist High-Beam control
· App Connect
· Volkswagen Media Control
· Aquamarine blue metallic (new)
· Tamarind brown metallic (new)
· Sand gold metallic (new)
· Antimonial silver metallic
· Silicon grey metallic
· Reef blue metallic
· Moonlight blue pearlescent
· Deep black pearl effect
· Oryx white pearl effect
· Pure White
· Suspension Package with Air Suspension
· R-Line Package
· Alloy Wheels: 18-inch Concordia
· Roof Racks: Silver anodised cross-bars with Silver-anodised roof rails
· Ambient Light Package: Additional interior lighting, illuminated door sill plates
· Ambient Light Package for R-Line: Additional interior lighting, illuminated R-Line door sill plates
· Cargo Package: Net partition, luggage compartment mat, variable luggage/load compartment floor and luggage net and roll-up sunscreen for rear side windows
· Innovision Cockpit
· Dynaudio sound system: subwoofer, effect speakers, centre speakers and amplifier
· Advanced Safety Package: Lane Assist and Side Assist with Night Vision and Head-up Display
· Climatronic in front and multi-zone controls in the rear (4-zone)
(in addition to the features of the Luxury)
(in addition to the optional features of the Luxury model)
· R-Line Exterior: R-Line design front and rear bumpers with R-Line logo on radiator grille an side fenders, R-Line design on lower door parts, stainless steel load edge protection, chrome exhaust pipes integrated into bumper, chrome decorative trims on side windows, scuff plates in stainless steel with R-Line logo in front
· IQ Light Matrix LED headlights and LED Taillights with dynamic indicators
· White ambient lighting
· Black headliner
· Pedals in brushed stainless steel
· Centre console in gloss black/ silver
· Decorative inserts in Silver Wave
· R-Line ergoComfort seats in Vienna Leather trim with seat heating, 4-way adjustable lumbar support and rear centre armrest
· Leather wrapped R-Line multi-function sports steering wheel with shifting paddles
· Climatronic in front and multi-zone controls in the rear (4-zone)
· Headlamp washer system
· Dynamic Chassis Control with tyre pressure monitor system
· Tamarind brown metallic (new)
· Sand gold metallic (new)
· Antimonial silver metallic
· Silicon grey metallic
· Moonlight blue pearlescent
· Deep black pearl effect
· Oryx white pearl effect
· Pure White
· Alloy Wheels: 21-inch Suzuka
· 4-corner air suspension with electronic shock absorption control and 4-wheel steering
The new Touareg is one of the safest and most comfortable cars in the world. The broad range of its driver assist system contributes to this. The driver benefits from the interaction of the assist systems in the Touareg more than ever. As a result, comfort and safety reach a new level.
Night Vision. The new Touareg is the first Volkswagen available with a night vision system. A thermal image camera (infrared camera) registers infrared radiation coming from a living being. Any persons or animals detected are marked yellow or red, depending on the risk, in a black and white image. The image itself is transmitted to the Digital Cockpit. If Night Vision registers a risk, it actively warns the driver (via information in the Digital Cockpit and optional head-up display). At the same time the brakes and the brake assist system are pre-conditioned to provide the highest deceleration rate if required. Thanks to the new, interactive “IQ.Light Matrix LED headlights” (available only in the Executive model), people in a potential danger area are briefly flashed to make them more visible for the driver and as a warning.
Trailer Assist. Trailer Assist allows the driver to no longer have to think about the complex task of having to turn the steering wheel to the left so that trailer turns to the right (and vice versa) when manoeuvring in reverse with a car and trailer.
The following components and assist systems are combined to make the innovative Trailer Assist:
Park Assist. The Park Assist system uses ultrasound sensors in the area of the front and rear side as well as sensors in the wheels to measure the parking space. The control unit of Park Assist gives the steering system precise commands concerning how the car is to be directed into the parking space. If a trailer is coupled, the control unit of the Park Assist changes to the “Trailer Assist” mode and provides the steering system with appropriate information about which direction it must drive so that the trailer is perfectly directed.
Rear View. As an electronic eye, the rear view camera system is focused on the tow bar of the trailer. It views the tow bar as a compass needle – in this way, the camera recognises the current angle of the trailer to the rear of the car. The control unit of Park Assist converts this angle into the current steering angle of the trailer.
Mirror setting. The rotary knob of the electric adjustment of exterior mirrors on the driver’s side acts as a multi-function joystick with which the articulation angle of the trailer is determined.
Display in the cockpit. The multi-function display between the speedometer and rev counter or Digital Cockpit displays which articulation angle of the trailer is set when “Trailer Assist” is activated.
How to manoeuvre. To manoeuvre a car and trailer in reverse, the driver stops behind the bay for the space for the trailer and shifts to reverse gear. The system is activated by pressing the Park Assist button. Now the mirror adjustment switch is displayed on the display. The driver gets information on how he can set the desired steering angle. As soon as he moves the switch, a symbol with trailer appears on the display. Here the current articulation angle and the articulation angle of the trailer newly set by the driver are displayed. With the aid of the external mirror switch, the driver sets the desired direction of travel of his car and trailer. “Trailer Assist” takes over the specified steering angle. The car and trailer is automatically aligned using the control unit of Park Assist and using the electromechanical power steering. In the first manoeuvring phase, the driver selects the articulation angle (up to 75°) to turn in reverse in a certain direction or to drive on a curve. If the trailer is then in the direction of the destination, the driver finally simply draws the mirror adjustment switch back. The car and trailer now drive precisely in reverse in the trailer direction without having to still make manual corrections.
Multicollision brake. Around 25% of all accidents with personal injury are collisions that take place after the actual first accident. Such further collisions can be possibly prevented or their severity at least reduced using the standard “multicollision brake”. After a collision and as part of the limits of the system, the “multicollision brake” automatically introduces braking before the driver can respond. The second generation of “multicollision brake” is now used in the Touareg. Braking now takes place until standstill. At the same time the preventive safety measures of the “proactive occupant protection system” are activated. In addition the intensity of the stabilising brake hard is increased up to 1g.
IQ.Light Matrix LED headlight. For the third generation Touareg, one of the world’s best headlight systems was developed together with HELLA, the German automobile supplier: the “IQ.Light Matrix LED headlight”. It is impressive with an interactive light control that makes night rides more comfortable and safer. The Volkswagen designers and engineers together with the team from HELLA succeeded in completely merging the LED light system with a three dimensional design consisting of the headlights, daytime running lights, blinker and cornering light with the superior and charismatic front end of the Touareg and designing a distinctive daytime and night light design.
128 LEDs per headlight. The LED headlights use a matrix made of light spots – individual LEDs that can be activated. The matrix of the dipped beam is made up of a printed circuit with 48 LEDs while the circuit board of the main beam is fitted with 27 LEDs. The LEDs in the dipped and main beam module are arranged similar to a chessboard. There are various LEDs in addition to the total of 75 LEDs of the dipped and main beam. Including the surround lighting as well as the so-called signal functions (daytime running light and elevated side light as well as animated turn signal), there are a total of 128 LEDs per headlight. The Touareg therefore uses the power of a total of 256 LEDs in the various segments of the left and right headlights at the front to make the night safe and as bright as day.
Intelligent light functions. Various intelligent light functions from the electronics of the Touareg are activated using the 75 LEDs of the dipped and main beam as well as seven 75 front end LEDs (in five reflection chambers) and three cornering light LEDs. The corresponding computer uses the signals of the front camera, the digital card data of the navigation system, the GPS signals, the steering wheel angle as well as the current speed to precisely activate the individual LEDS for the best light in a split second. The driver switches on the main beam headlight via “Dynamic Light Assist”. The Touareg manages the rest itself – dim, turn up, city lighting, optimum highway light or offroad light. As the new matrix headlights operate with the highest light output, people, objects, other vehicles and animals are made visible that would be less recognisable and less visible earlier on with conventional headlight systems in night-time darkness. The increase in light output and optimised illumination is clearly noticeable.
An interesting point: The comparison between the very good xenon headlights of the predecessor and the new Touareg LED system results in a range increase of more than 100 metres for the “IQ.Light Matrix LED headlights” for the main beam. The interactive headlights already operate similar to those in a car with an autonomous driving mode. For example, the front camera registers brightly illuminated areas as “residential”. In this case the Touareg automatically switches from main beam to low beam.
Details of the light functions of the IQ.Light Matrix LED headlight:
City lighting: A particularly wide light beam with a focus on the sides; active up to 50 km/h.
Dipped headlight: Dipped beam with wide light distribution in the direction of the kerbside.
Side light: Permanent main beam on country roads without blinding other road users.
Highway dipped beam: Narrower light beam focussed on a wide reach for high speeds.
Highway light: Narrower light beam focussed on a wide reach for high speeds if no other road users are blinded.
Overtaking light: Precise main beam for overtaking procedures without blinding road users. The system recognises that the Touareg pulls out to the side. This side area is now illuminated more intensely.
Main beam: Manually activated main beam to deliberately use all 75 LEDs of the headlight for maximum illumination. In contrast to the highway light, the light beam is wider.
Poor weather light: Reduces blinding for the driver and other road users on wet roads. It is activated when the rain sensor detects rainfall. The annoying reflections of the headlight on the wet, reflective road surface directly in front of the driver are reduced by the “IQ.Light” reducing illumination intensity in this area.
Sign glare control: Precise suppression of the main beam on signs so that the reflected light of the headlight does not blind the driver.
Offroad light: A particularly powerful dipped beam focussed on the width to be able to recognise obstacles on terrain.
Spotlight (for “Night Vision”): Focussed illumination of people detected by “Night Vision” (infrared camera) without dazzling to make them easier to see for the driver.
LED taillight clusters. LED technology is also used for the taillight clusters. The design and the LED contours give the rear area a distinctive nightlight signature. Prominently visible in daytime and at night and equipped with signal effect: the brake light with distinctive changeover of the LED areas (”click-click effect”). The rear turn signals also have an animated design (”wiping”) in the Executive.
3.5 tonne maximum trailer weight and new towing bracket. The new Touareg is one of the few passenger cars designed for maximum trailer weights up to 3.5 tonne (braked, up to 12% gradient). Due to its running gear configuration, permanent all-wheel drive and high-torque V6 engine, the Touareg masters these trailer weight effortlessly. The towbar was newly developed and now offers a maximum level of comfort as the ball neck of the towing bracket is electrically retracted out and extended from the underbody with a press of a button. Thanks to the new system of the towing bracket, bicycle carriers for up to four instead of three bicycles can now be mounted.
Running gear systems – A new level of performance. Light aluminium for the running gear. The running gear of the new Touareg was largely newly developed to further perfect the comfort and dynamic properties. Volkswagen is once again offering a 4-Corner air suspension with electronic damping control for the Touareg as an option. It has been significantly enhanced. An all-wheel steering system that makes the large SUV agile and manoeuvrable similar to a compact SUV has also been newly developed. Generally five-link suspensions with a light aluminium/steel design are used.
An overview of the individual elements shows where aluminium is used for the axles.
The front axle consists of the following elements:
The rear axle consists of the following elements:
All-wheel steering system. Another innovation on board the new Touareg is the optional all-wheel steering system. This is because all four wheels are driven at the same time depending on the driving situation. The all-wheel steering system helps the Touareg to be the most agile large SUV. The all-wheel steering system essentially affects two driving states: speeds below 37 km/h and speeds over 37 km/h. Up to 37 km/h, the rear wheels drive automatically at an opposing angle to the front wheels. As a result, agility and manoeuvrability is improved. Particularly when manoeuvring the turning circle, reduced by one metre from 12.19 m to 11.19 m with all-wheel steering, is noticeable. If the speed increases to more than 37 km/h, the rear wheels automatically drive in the same direction when steering in the same way as the front wheels. As a result, the driving behaviour is significantly smoother as the all-wheel steering stabilises the lane change – when overtaking quickly. The same applies for sudden evasive manoeuvres.
Enhanced 4-Corner air suspension. The new generation 4-Corner air suspension not only perfects the level of comfort, but also the aerodynamics and trips on rough terrain. The new open air suspension system operates quickly and silently and is insensitive to temperature and outside pressure fluctuations (as in the mountains). The air suspension is at the “Normal level” or “Comfort level” as standard. In addition a “Terrain level” increased by 25 mm and a “Special terrain level” by 70 mm are also available. At speeds from 120 km/h, the running gear is automatically lowered by 15 to 25 mm using the air suspension (deep level) to reduce the air resistance and adjust the driving behaviour. Last but not least, there is a “Load level” (minus 40 mm) available that simplifies loading and unloading the luggage compartment.
Air suspension optimises offroad parameters. The offroad parameters change depending on the suspension. The maximum climbing capability (60%) and transverse gradient (35⁰) are identical with steel and air suspension. The front and rear ramp angle increases with air suspension from 25⁰ to 31⁰. The breakover angle also increases from 18.5⁰ to 25⁰. As the ground clearance can be increased with air suspension, the maximum wading depth also increases (from 490 to 570 mm). The manually adjustable level of the air suspension is activated using rotary pushbutton switches in the centre console.
|→ The premium class Volkswagen model combines the design elements of a sports car with the elegance and space of a gran turismo.|
→ The top of the range 2.0 TSI engine with 206kW power output sprints from 0-100km in just 5.6 seconds.
→ Numerous innovative technology, driver assistance and convenience systems are making
→ Extended wheelbase in relationship to the overall length offers excellent space in the Arteon.
The totally new developed model emphasises emotionality in the premium class. In addition to a new and emotive outline, Volkswagen is also introducing with the Arteon a highly expressive, horizontally accentuated brand look. The bars of the radiator grille extend into the three-dimensional front headlights, while LED lighting elements additionally emphasise the striking layout and demonstrate dominance. The five-door gran tourismo impresses through revolutionary design and great practical value in use. While the doors’ frameless windows reflect the typical stylistic elements of a grand tourer,the top-hinged and wide-opening tailgate provides optimum access to the huge boot.
The name Arteon – with the emphasis put on the first syllable – is made up of two component parts: ‘Art’ describes the fastback’s harmonious lines and emotionality. The ending ‘eon’ identifies it, in the same way as Volkswagen’s top model for the Chinese market, the Phideon, as a premium model.
The Arteon is Volkswagen’s top passenger model and the new Volkswagen gran turismo is produced at the German plant in Emden.
Combining avant-garde design with a high level of versatility was the key objective for designers and developers of the Arteon. This resulted in an interior architecture which is exceptionally spacious – with ample head and leg room at all seats – which is extraordinary for this body form. Key design elements of the charismatic Arteon include its completely new front end, in which the LED headlights and daytime running lights merge with the chrome-plated crossbars of the radiator grille and the bonnet. The car’s remarkable shoulder section is another defining feature of its design. The five-seat Arteon is an ideal avant-garde alternative – a car for people who want a five-door fastback with an accomplished, elegant design and progressive technology.
Other equipment features making their debut in the Arteon include the latest generation of driver assistance systems. Interesting features have been added that are typically reserved for luxury vehicles. This unique combination makes the Arteon one of the most attractive products in its segment.
The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupé-style fastback design and a large rear hatch, this gran turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional saloons.
Perfect proportions. The new Arteon is based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). This configuration naturally creates space. A long wheelbase of 2,841 mm spans the two axles. Accordingly, the body overhangs of the 4,862 mm long fastback model are short and concise. The Arteon is
1,871 mm wide and 1,427 mm tall. These dimensional relationships deliver truly dynamic proportions – a visual starting point for Volkswagen designers.
Charismatic Arteon exhudes dynamism. One of the most important design elements of the charismatic new Arteon is the front section. Stand-out features include a bonnet that extends a long way forward and partially over both wings and a radiator grille that encompasses the vehicle’s full width. The LED headlights and daytime running lights, fitted as standard, combine with the chrome-plated cross-bars of the radiator grille and bonnet. The result is a front-end design that would be a match even for a high-calibre sports car.
Pure sporting doctrine. Designed in the style of a sports car are the striking and powerful shoulder sections at the rear, the muscular wings and the flared wheel arches above the up-to-20-inch alloy wheels. Seen in silhouette between the axles is a waistline that also follows a pure sports car design doctrine.
Innovative, economical and perfectly suited to everyday use. The Arteon is re-interpreting the ‘gran turismo’ concept with its combination of
avant-garde design, sporty charisma, great flexibility and generous space. Further aspects that would be considered plus points in any vehicle class include excellent rear legroom and luggage space. On the technical front, the new Volkswagen impresses with two highly efficient engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, plus digitalised displays and controls. Further features include an Active Info Display (fully digital and programmable instruments), a head-up display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control.
Interactive assistance systems. The Arteon’s innovative driver assistance and convenience systems match its avant-garde concept. Thanks to the navigation system’s GPS and road data, the new dynamic cornering lights with predictive beam control anticipate when a bend is approaching and illuminate it before the driver actively turns into the bend.
Two lines facilitate a high degree of personalisation. Despite its progressive concept, the Arteon is a car available at an attractive price with a high degree of value. The gran turismo will be available in two exclusive equipment lines: the ‘Elegance’ and ‘R-Line’. The name says it all. The standard configuration of the Arteon Elegance is focused primarily on the fusion of sophisticated styling and premium luxury. The Arteon R-Line, meanwhile, puts sportiness and premium class equipment at the heart of the vehicle’s configuration – as is typical of all Volkswagen R-Line models.
Based on the different orientations of these two equipment lines, the fastback model presents two vastly different personas. The range of standard equipment on R-Line includes features such as a panoramic sunroof, Air Care Climatronic 3-zone climate control, front sport seats with massage functionality and Nappa leather/Carbon style interior.
Dynamic proportions as ideal foundation. The new Arteon sits on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Transverse stands here for engines that are transversely mounted in the front. This creates space. A long wheelbase of 2,841 mm spans between the two axles. Accordingly, the body overhangs of the 4,862 mm long fastback model are short and concise. The Arteon is 1,427 mm high and 1,871 mm wide. These dimensional interrelationships deliver truly dynamic proportions – a visual starting point for Volkswagen designers.
The design of the Arteon develops from the front end. Design overcomes class barriers. Viewing the Arteon’s front end without focusing on the details, the first impression is that of a dynamic gran turismo that borders on being both a sports model and a saloon – a gran turismo. But as soon as the details are considered it becomes clear how expressive and logical, harmonious and precise the design is. That is because good design is no accident. Rather, it is a symbiosis of creativity, precision and a high level of handcrafting art. In the case of a car, there is the added challenge that breathtaking ideas also need to be industrially viable. In the Arteon, these parameters merge into a gran turismo whose design overcomes class barriers.
Bonnet like that of a sports car. The overall car design develops from the active bonnet (with integrated safety mechanism for pedestrian protection) and the interconnected grille. The fact is that in the automotive world, a bonnet that extends over the entire front end up to the wheel arches is primarily a feature of classic sports cars. “It is one of the largest bonnets in the entire Volkswagen Group”, according to Tobias Sühlmann. The Volkswagen exterior designer explains further: “It is really like that of a sports car. When you open the bonnet you see the wheel housing shells.
That is unconventional for a car of this type.“
LEDs and radiator grille merge. All of the contoured lines of the bonnet are extended to the radiator grille – and vice versa. The grille, in turn, emphasises the significant width of the Arteon in its cross-slats. There is no Volkswagen radiator grille that is wider or deeper than the one on this gran turismo – it is the ‘face’ of a new Volkswagen generation. The upper cross-bars enclose the LED headlights, and they simultaneously use finely integrated LED light conductors to perform the functions of daytime running lights and position lights, and, in the R-Line version version, the indicator function. The lighting elements, radiator grille and bonnet now form one harmonious unit. The bonnet, which extends slightly over the LED headlights makes a tremendous contribution towards the superior qualities of the front-end design. The bonnet lip runs over the headlights while continuing the lines of the radiator grille further into the sides and to the rear of the Arteon. On the sides, the sharp bonnet lines over the wheel wells give the Arteon an extremely low and sporty look.
Side profile of a superior gran turismo. Elegant, low, coupé-like. “We have a line”, says Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head of Design, “that runs through the entire car and brings the volume of the Arteon even closer to the ground. This line starts in the radiator grille at the front and runs cleanly over the side profile and into the tail lights.” On the car’s sides it creates what is known as the character line. At the rear, it develops into a sharp undercut, which visually reduces the Arteon’s height and carries the strong shoulder section upwards. Above this, there is the long line of windows (known as a DLO – daylight opening) that extends into the C pillar. The door windows themselves are frameless, while the DLO is surrounded by an elegant chrome frame. The DLO gives the Arteon an elegant, low and coupé-like look together with the character line that runs from the bonnet rearwards into the tail lights.
Rear section follows styling of a classic sports car. The shoulder section is athletic and muscular. Viewed from the rear, it is easy to see just how dominant the shoulder sections of this fastback are. The muscular form stretches to the side and into the rear bodywork. From a slightly elevated perspective this produces a rear end design which, in its lines – a coupé-shaped glasshouse (roof and glass surfaces) on strong flanks – follows the example of a classic sports car and yet offers the volume of a business class gran turismo. Also creating a powerful image from this perspective is the striking width of the Arteon. Creating an unmistakable design at night are the concise LED tail lights with a dynamic indicator function.
Very expressive colours. The styling lines of the Arteon are as precise as they are dynamic, and they are accentuated by many new exterior body colours. These include the distinctive hues “Curcuma Yellow”,
“Atlantic Blue” and “Chili Red”. Fitting in well with the progressive character of the Arteon is “Curcuma Yellow”, for instance – a colour inspired by a sense of lightness and sunshine, and which accentuates the sporty character of the new gran turismo.
Digital cockpit environment. The clean design, high level of ergonomic efficiency and numerous interactive interfaces between human and machine create a calm, elegant and progressive atmosphere in the new Arteon. The interactive and digitalised interfaces include optional
high-tech features such as the Active Info Display which is standard on the
R-Line (fully digitalised instruments) and a head-up display. Volkswagen has developed new infotainment systems (6.5 to 9.2 inch). The new top system, the Discover Pro, has a tablet-like glass surface. It manages its tasks efficiently, and entirely without analogue buttons. The 9.2-inch display is also equipped with intuitive gesture control.
Air vent band as a design statement. The way in which a line, designed as a single visual unit of the dashboard and door shoulders, appears to wrap around the five passengers like a cocoon is unconventional and unique. The horizontally oriented dashboard transitions homogeneously into the front door trim panels. The team, led by Volkswagen Head of Interior Design, Tomasz Bachorski, designed the dashboard with a simplified layout that runs in a straight line with a clean and iconic design. The central design element of the dashboard is an innovative air vent – designed as a functional yet decorative element – that extends across the entire width of the interior like a band. This impression is completed by fine chrome trim strips on the vent louvres, which create a visual link to the cross-bars of the newly developed Arteon radiator grille.
Elegant ambient lighting. Beneath the air vent and a decorative panel there is an extremely low-profile ambient lighting strip that continues into the doors. Its wrap-around lighting effect defines the space and creates a soothing and pleasant ambience. The centre console fits in well with the Arteon’s avant-garde and sporty character. It ascends steeply towards the dashboard, as in a sports car, where it meets the climate controls and the latest generation infotainment systems. Ambient lighting is standard on the R-Line model in blue, white and orange.
Best in class legroom. In front, the driver and front passenger benefit from the excellent package provided by the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB); a lot of space is created by the transversely mounted engine and the front axle that is forward positioned. The long wheelbase of 2,841 mm is therefore used to create very spacious premium class accommodation for rear passengers. Consider legroom, for instance: the figure of 1,016 mm attained here is the best in the competitive set. Rear headroom is also excellent thanks to the long roof. The two outer seat positions have the visual and ergonomic character of individual seats.
Colour & Trim. Sportiness and elegance are the dominant aspects of the Arteon. The Colour & Trim design area has also co-ordinated its selection of materials and colours to these aspects in the interior of this gran turismo. Two interior colour themes (black, dark grey and a combination of dark and light grey) match the range of exterior colours. In the Elegance, you get Titanium Black seats, instrument panel and carpets with a Mistral Grey headliner. In the R-Line, you get Titanium Black seats, instrument panel, carpets and headliner.
Safety systems – interactive technologies. The Arteon’s innovative driver assistance and convenience systems match its progressive overall concept.
The new or further developed systems are:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking; the latest generation now also integrates speed limits (camera based) and navigation data into its control.
Active Bonnet; In the event of a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist, the active bonnet of the new Arteon is raised in a matter of seconds. This occurs once a message from the relevant sensors has been sent to the airbag control unit. This initiates the ignition of the pyrotechnic actuators, which, in turn, raise the active hinges in a matter of seconds. By triggering this hinge, the end of the bonnet next to the windscreen lifts up by around 60 mm, which increases the deformation space across very hard parts of the cylinder block and provides a cushion in the event of a collision, particularly for the victim’s head – this is standard across the range.
Head-up Display; The head-up display brings important driving information into your field of vision: directly in front of the
windscreen – this feature is optional across the range.
Park Pacakage with Area View; Area View makes use of cameras positioned around the vehicle to create a 360 degree birds-eye view on the infotainment system display.
Efficient TSI and TDI engines. The new Arteon is launching with two turbocharged direct fuel injection engines. All of the engines have four cylinders. The diesel engine delivers 130kW while the powerful TSI delivers 206kW.
Dual clutch gearbox for all versions. All of the engines are only available with an automated dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The TSI engine also has 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard. The diesel models have front-wheel drive. Dynamic Chassic Control is standard across the range.
Diesel engine. The four-cylinder diesel 2.0 TDI with 130kW power output has 350 Nm of torque that is available between 1 608and 3 500rpm. The combined fuel consumption is 5.6 litres per 100 kilometers. The engine is available with a 6-speed DSG transmission.
Petrol engine. The top of the range petrol engine is the 2.0 TSI with 206kW power output. It has 350 Nm of torque that is available from 1 700 up to
5 600 rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint is achieved in 5.6 seconds and has top speed of 250km/h. The combined fuel consumption is 7.3 litres per
100 kilometres. The 206kW engine is only available with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
Equipment lines of the Arteon – elegant and sporty. The gran turismo will be available in two exclusive equipment lines: the ‘Elegance’ and ‘R-Line’. The standard configuration of the Arteon Elegance is focused primarily on sophisticated and classic styling features. The Arteon R-Line, meanwhile, puts sportiness even more at the heart of the vehicle’s configuration – as is typical of all Volkswagen R-Line models.
The Arteon Elegance has the standard specifications:
The Arteon R-Line, in addition, includes the following features:
New Arteon Prices (VAT and emissions tax included)
2.0 TDI 130kW Elegance DSG R599 900
2.0 TDI 130 kW R-Line DSG R649 900
2.0 TSI 206kW R-Line 4MOTION DSG R699 900
The new Arteon comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Maintenance Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and space saver spare wheel. Service Interval is 15 000km.
With 193 343 units sold since its market introduction in March 2010, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch has been the best-selling passenger model in South Africa for the past seven years.
Being the only locally built model in the competitive A0 segment, the Polo Vivo has been a dominant brand in the entry-level hatch segment in spite of the new models being launched on a regular basis and with an even greater offering in the new Polo Vivo, the model is once again set to be the best-seller in this segment. Polo Vivo’s key product attributes such as affordability, German build quality, safety, space and comfort have a set an unparalleled benchmark in the segment.
Polo Vivo has had the class-leading residual value in its segment in the used car market. The cost of ownership over a 3-year cycle makes Polo Vivo one of the most affordable cars to own in the South African market.
Nearly 76% of Polo Vivo parts are sourced from local suppliers. This ensures that parts remain affordable and contribute to the overall low cost of ownership and applies to both the outgoing and incoming models.
The new Polo Vivo is offered in a hatch body version.
The new Polo Vivo is based on the fifth-generation Polo which has been enhanced both visually and technically. The driver assistance and infotainment systems as well as the new TSI engine now available with a 6-speed manual transmission, have taken the new Polo Vivo to another level.
Visually, the new Polo Vivo can be identified by a sharper front and rear design. In addition, the new model introduces fresh colours, new interior materials and new specifications.
The new Polo Vivo model range will be launched with three equipment lines, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The hatch body version is also available in a top of the range GT derivative.
The Trendline, Comfortline and Highline have new interior trims which add exciting ambience and feel into the cabin of the new Polo Vivo. A new gear knob with leatherette gearshift has been introduced. Comfortline, Highline and GT derivatives now have a height adjustable driver seat.
For in-car entertainment, new Polo Vivo customers have an option of Radio 140G SD/USB/Bluetooth with four speakers (standard on Trendline and Comfortline). Highline and GT get two extra speakers for sound enhancement as well as the Colour Touchscreen Radio 340G which includes App-Connect.
Active and passive standard safety features have been enhanced in the new Polo. ABS, alarm and remote central locking are standard features across the range. Front fog lights are a standard feature in Comfortline, Highline and GT derivatives.
Volkswagen Polo Vivo has a generous and practical boot space when it comes to transporting luggage. For the hatch body version, the boot has luggage volume of 280 liters and with folded rear bench seat, it increases to
This sophisticated design of the Polo Vivo with its clean lines is precise and sharper. The new Polo Vivo is 3,972mm long, 1,682mm wide and 1,462mm tall.
Front end. The front-end design has a much more three-dimensional and sporty look due to its redesigned bumper and larger lower air intake.
Rear section. In the rear bumper area, the car’s width is emphasised by styling cues, including a cleaner horizontal layout and a wider cut-out for the licence plate. The trapezoidal outer contour of this area extends towards the rear wheels, which creates a more dynamic tension of surfaces. The rear reflectors, now embedded in the bumper, also give the visual impression of greater width. The rear lights were also redesigned.
Side profile. From the side, the new Polo can be differentiated by the new alloy wheels. The wheel line-up consists of the standard steel wheels for the Polo Trendline and Comfortline (14 inch) and optional 15-inch ‘Estrada’ alloy wheel, 16 inch ‘Rivazza’ for the Polo Highline and the 17-inch ‘Mirabeau’ alloy wheel which comes standard in the top of the range GT model.
Body colours. The new Polo Vivo is available in the following body colours:
Base –Flash Red and Pure White.
Metallic –Reflex Silver, Reef Blue and Limestone Grey.
Pearlescent – Deep Black .
New layout of instruments and centre console. Many new ergonomic and visual improvements have been made inside the latest Polo Vivo. Aside from the three-spoke steering wheel, the new instrument cluster look catches the eye immediately; the instruments are in typical Volkswagen design language.
New radio systems. Located on the next control level of the centre console is the infotainment system, which is ideally positioned in the field of view. The new Polo Vivo now gets Volkswagen’s “modular infotainment system” (MIB) radio system.
Modern engines for driving enjoyment and fuel efficiency
The new Polo Vivo model range is offered with three four-cylinder petrol engines, 1.4, 1.6 liters and one three-cylinder TSI engine. The power output of the four-cylinder engines range from 55 kW to 77 kW. These engines are available with 5-speed manual transmissions as standard. The Tiptronic transmission is available with the
77kW 1.6 engine, while the top of the range GT comes with the 1.0TSI 81kW engine in 6-speed manual.
1.4 delivering 55kW – Trendline
The entry engine in the Polo Vivo model range is the 1.4-liter with the 55 kW power output available 4800rpm. This engine has ample power and torque for dynamic and everyday driving. From 3750rpm, the engine peaks at 130 Nm. In addition to its lively performance, the 1.4-liter engine has impressive fuel consumption of 5.7 liters per 100 kilometres.
1.4 delivering 63kW – Comfortline
The Comfortline has 1.4 63kW engine with 132 Nm of torque available at 3750rpm. Its average fuel consumption is 5.9 l/100km.
1.6 delivering 77kW – Comfortline Tiptronic, Highline
The 77 kW 1.6-liter engine is offered with 6-speed manual as well as in automatic (Tiptronic) transmission. With 153Nm of torque at 3800rpm, this engine delivers lively performance. It only takes 10.8 seconds to reach 100km/h and has top speed of 188km/h. On average, it has combined fuel consumption of 6.2 (6.1 for Tiptronic) liters for every 100 kilometres.
1.0 TSI delivering 81 kW – GT
With a top speed of 196 km/h, the 1.0 litre 81 kW engine offers exciting performance. The 200 Nm torque is available at 2000rpm. The performance has not compromised fuel consumption. The 81 kW engine has an impressive claimed fuel consumption of 4.6 liters per 100 kilometres.
POLO VIVO HATCH
STANDARD AND OPTIONAL FEATURES
Perfectly packaged to meet people’s needs
The new Polo Vivo Hatch is offered in Trendline, Comfortline, Comfortline Tiptronic, Highline and GT.
Here is an overview of standard and optional features:
Safety and Security
Same standard features as Trendline plus:
Same standard features as Trendline plus:
Same features as Trendline plus:
Same standard features as Highline plus:
Polo Vivo Hatch will be available in six colours.
SERVICE & WARRANTY
The Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 6-year Anti Corrosion warranty.
A Volkswagen Automotion Maintenance Plan as well as a Volkswagen Automotion Service Plan are available as options.
The service interval is 15 000 km.
BARONS WESTERN CAPE 2018 VW POLO HATCH / VW POLO VIVO HATCH LAUNCH
The Challenge, now entering its fifth year, will set out on 21st May at 04h30 from the Tsogo Sun Southern Sun Waterfront hotel in Cape Town. Eleven cyclists, brought together from all over South Africa and the world, will cycle to Pietermaritzburg over the ten days preceding the Comrades Marathon, and then run the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon from Durban the very next day, 31st May.
If you’re wondering where this idea to cycle over 1700km to and then run the iconic 90km ultramarathon originated, it is a tribute to Phil Masterton-Smith, nicknamed ‘Unogwaja’ or ‘Hare’ in Zulu. Phil, the youngest ever Comrades winner, completed this feat in 1933 when he could not afford the train fare to get to the start of the Comrades.
This demonstration of one man’s determination and commitment has inspired a movement that seeks to nourish hope and facilitate empowerment in South Africa: The Unogwaja Challenge. The primary focus of this unique biathlon is raising funds for chosen charities.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Barons Volkswagen Group based in the Western Cape, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal will provide six vehicles for the 2015 journey, four Amarok Double Cabs, a Transporter Crew Bus and Transporter Panel Van.
John McInroy, founding member of Unogwaja, says of this partnership: “This is massive for our journey and could not have come at a better time. Not only do we have six top-class vehicles which will help us significantly on the road, but we have formed a meaningful partnership with one of the most forward-thinking brands in our country who believe and support our vision. I could not be more excited. The greatest way we can show our gratitude to Volkswagen and Barons is through progressing the impact of our mission: to be the agents of hope and meaningful change in our beautiful country.”
Last year the Unogwaja Challenge raised over a R1,2 million for charity and this year have set the target at an ambitious R2 million. Learn more at www.unogwajachallenge.com.
Jaco Steenekamp, General Manager: Sales and Marketing of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said, “The responsibility for positive change lies with each and every one of us and it can only be realized through determined action any way we can. Volkswagen has always been about People, and our Commercial Vehicles specifically are always up for a tough challenge so partnership with the Unogwaja Challenge is a perfect fit.”
Brett Rowlands, Franchise Executive at Barloworld Motor Retail responsible for Barons in the Western Cape, mirrors these sentiments: “Barons prides itself on being ‘The Volkswagen People’ so this remarkable story resonates with our company values. We are looking forward to supporting John and his team during this inspirational journey and to enable them to focus their energies on their important social mission.”
As an initiative that spans the globe, Unogwaja is excited to have such great Global and South African brands as Volkswagen, Barloworld and Barons stand up and get behind it.
For further info, including interviews with John McInroy, Jaco Steenekamp and Brett Rowlands please contact Danielle email@example.com
The modern obsession automotive manufacturers have developed with fuel efficiency in recent years has led to massive improvements in fuel economy figures and CO2 emissions across all fields. Automotive technology, which was once benchmarked by performance and power, is now measure in equal measure by efficiency.
At the cutting edge of this wave is Volkswagen with its BlueMotion Golf. BlueMotion is a regenerative braking technology and auto stop/start system you’ll find on all Volkswagens carrying the BlueMotion badge, but it is also the flagship Golf 7 in Volkswagens fleet when it comes to efficiency.
The previous generation Golf 6 BlueMotion was lauded for its fuel economy, now the Golf 7 1.6-litre TDI is capable, Volkswagen say, of returning a fuel economy figure of 3.2 L/100 km (in ideal conditions of course) on the combined cycle. And a CO2 figure of 85 g/km.
The Golf BlueMotion was previewed in Concept form in Paris last year and it was shown off again, but now in full production guise, in Geneva last month. By returning 3.2 L/100 km the Golf BlueMotion is now better than Volkswagen’s own three-cylinder Polo BlueMotion from 2010.
The Golf has a 50 litre tank and a theoretical range of 1 500 km. Providing power to the wheels is an 82 kW 1.6-litre TDI engine from the new EA288 family. The 16-valve engine delivers 250 Nm of torque as well.
Various weight saving measures (it’s now 63 kg lighter), engine tweaks (reduced engine friction), super low rolling resistance tyres, longer gear ratios in the manual transmission and specific aerodynamic modifications (amounting to 10% less drag) are to thank for the remarkable fuel efficiency.
The roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille and a 15 mm lower ride height all add up in this regard. This proves that sportiness and efficiency are in many ways grounded on both sides of the same coin.
Even if we take away the usual 15% discrepancy to get a figure more akin to real world driving, the Golf 7 BlueMotion is still near to the 4.5 L/100 km mark on the combined economy cycle and that is very impressive.