This is the Volkswagen Touareg Executive Edition special that has been created for the 2016/17 model year. "What does this represent?" you might ask. When vehicles are about to be redone (re-styled and/or re-engineered), automakers often offer special-editions of the outgoing model to maintain sales and to move metal. It just so happens that VW's Touareg is a fine crossover/SUV that probably deserves to be "kitted up." Don't forget that the Touareg shares a platform with the Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7 and Porsche has already announced its Cayenne specials, the Cayenne Platinum editions. Good company indeed. It's a shame that the Touareg doesn't sell better here in the US, but that probably comes down to premium pricing and the no-longer-available diesel option (they sold a lot of diesel Touaregs here and abroad). The really sad part is that we might not get the new Touareg in the US, since the Passat-based, seven-seat, US-built crossover is almost ready. The Executive Edition Touareg is basically an appearance group added to the top-of-the-line Executive trim level that offers (optionally available) Malbec Red paint (shown), standard black "Mallory" 20-inch alloy wheels (21s optional), tinted side and rear windows, smoked LED rear lights, black Nappa leather seats with a diamond-quilted pattern with stitching in the contrasting "Tobacco" color, seat ventilation, lots of wood trim, and special badges. Unfortunately, the Touareg Executive Edition is currently available in Europe only, but if you'd like one of your own, let Volkswagen know.
Source: Volkswagen - Press release after the "read more" jump.
The new Touareg Executive Edition
- Stylish limited edition model with optional Malbec Red finish
- Perfectly coordinated interior with exclusive detailing
First class, elegant, exquisite – the new Touareg Executive Edition stands for what is special. In addition to the exclusive, optionally available paint in Malbec Red – a tribute to the French red wine grape variety Malbec – the standard black "Mallory" 20-inch alloy wheels are another prominent feature of the elegant special model. Customers can also choose from a selection of various 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels.
The tastefully styled exterior of the Touareg is complemented by tinted side and rear windows as well as smoked LED rear lights in cherry red.
The exclusivity of the Touareg Executive Edition continues into the interior as well. Above all, it is the sophisticated black Nappa leather seats with their distinctive diamond quilted pattern – and stitching in the contrasting colour "Tobacco" – that create an especially stylish overall impression. Comfortable and relaxed travels are guaranteed by the climate seats for the driver and front passenger. Beside the seat temperature, seat ventilation can also be individually regulated at the push of a button.
In addition, the interior is refined by such features as numerous fine wood decorative inlays, illuminated stainless steel door sill panels with "Executive Edition" badges and individually adjustable ambient lighting. Prices for the elegant special model start at €64,925 for the Touareg with V6 TDI 150 KW /204 PS.
*Fuel consumption figures for the Touareg Executive Edition 150 kW/204 PS in l/100 km: 6.6 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 173 (combined); efficiency class: B.