Volkswagen is introducing a revised 3.0L V6 TDI diesel in its European Touareg SUV models that boosts power while returning higher fuel economy and emitting less CO2.
Compared to the outgoing 3.0L unit, the new common rail engine raises the power output by 15 hp to a total of 238 hp (177 kW) and the available torque from 369 lb-ft to 406 lb-ft (500 Nm to 550 Nm). Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph drops from 9.2 to 8.3 seconds.
Despite the increase in power and performance, fuel consumption drops 5.7% from 10.5 L/100km to 9.9 L/100km (NEDC combined) (or fuel economy increases from 22.4 mpg US to 23.6 mpg US) and CO2 output falls from 278 g/km to 262 g/km.
The 3.0-liter V6 engine is linked to a six speed tiptronic gearbox and four-wheel drive.
The new Euro 5 compliant engine also features a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) in the exhaust system, and joins the existing 2.5-litre TDI and 5.0-litre V10 TDI diesel and 3.6-litre V6 petrol engines in the Touareg range.