Volkswagen has expanded the TDI line-up in both of its luxury car ranges, with the arrival of Phaeton and Touareg V6 TDI models. Using a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, the newcomers offer a highly appealing combination of smooth, strong performance and impressive fuel economy.
The new 2,967 cc V6 turbodiesel features four valves per cylinder and advanced piezo electric injector technology. With this system, up to four fuel injections per cycle are possible, for better emissions control and superior refinement. Both the Touareg and the Phaeton V6 TDI feature Volkswagen’s new DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) - the first Volkswagens to use this technology in the UK.
The V6 TDI is an especially important addition to the Phaeton range, as six-cylinder diesels are the best-selling engines in the luxury saloon sector. The new engine joins the most powerful production diesel engine to date, the 5.0-litre V10 TDI, in the Phaeton’s diesel line-up.
The Phaeton V6 TDI offers notably high levels of luxury and engineering. Like all versions of Volkswagen’s flagship saloon, it comes with sophisticated 4Zone climate control, CDC air suspension and xenon headlights, among a host of other luxurious standard equipment. Yet despite its impressive power and refinement, the Phaeton delivers 29.4 mpg on the combined cycle – enough for a theoretical range of almost 600 miles between fuel stops. The Phaeton V6 TDI starts at £41,040 RRP on the road for the five-seat model, going up to £46,495 for the four-seat version.
With the arrival of the V6, the number of TDI diesels in the highly-acclaimed Touareg 4x4 range increases to three. Slotting in between the 2.5-litre TDI and the 5.0-litre V10 TDI, the new powerplant is set to make Volkswagen’s luxury off-road vehicle even more attractive. The Touareg V6 TDI costs £34,200 RRP on the road, with the Sport version adding £1,070. Both vehicles are available to order now.Published 20 October 2004