In addition to being more capable, the 2011 Touareg is also more comfortable. While third-row seating remains absent in the Touareg, there is more room for second-row passengers, made possible in part by the slightly longer wheelbase. The rear bench now offers greater longitudinal adjustment, while the backrest angle is capable of being adjusted. Fold the rear bench flat (electrical adjustment is an option) and 58 cubic-feet of cargo room is available. Up front, a standard radio-CD infotainment system is included, displayed on a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
A number of new tech features have been added to the new Touareg, including an electronically-actuated push-button parking brake, stop-start system for V-6 models, remotely operated electronic tailgate, and new "Area View" parking system that uses cameras at each of the vehicle's four corners to monitor surroundings -- similar to Nissan's Around View system. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Assist, Bi-Xenon headlights, adaptive roll compensation, and Dynamic Light Assist (an auto-dimming headlight function) are also available.
For the first time, Volkswagen will also provide a personalization option for the new Touareg with the under the Volkswagen Individual program. Optional add-ons include a number of Nappa leather interior packages in different color schemes, along with a selection of wood inserts, and unique 19-inch "Girona" wheels. It is not determined whether the program will be offered to European customers only.
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg makes its debut at the 2010 Geneva motor show where we expect more U.S.-specific information to be found. Stay tuned to Motor Trend Online for more on the 2011 Touareg, as well as the full range of Geneva show debuts.