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http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/treg/2011-vw-touareg-tdi-buying-guide.htm

The 2011 VW Touareg was completely overhauled. The basic engine was the only major component that was carried over and I'm sure that it's been retuned for the lighter car. If nothing else, it was retuned for the DPF regeneration and Adblue emissions system (lighter car = less emissions).

This buying guide explains some features of the car and differences and revisions of the 2011 VW Touareg TDI vs. the 2010 VW Touareg TDI. Canadian specs are out but US specs aren't out yet so they'll be added later. More pictures will also be added.
 

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Some more pictures and details added.

OEM VW GPS system on the 2011 VW Touareg TDI is the RNS850 GPS. The RNS-850 is 8" touchscreen and will be standard on US and Canadian Touareg TDI. Vs. the RNS 510 GPS system, the new RNS850 has a bigger HD, 3d terrain and buildings, and more.


The MFD now also shows different turn signals and lane guidance


Also added are some interior pics showing the updated interior on 2011 VW Touareg TDI.



The air suspension also has a new smaller compressor and reservoir by switching from an open system to a closed system.
 

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That looks real nice....but why charge everyone for the GPS? Maybe some people just want to use a hand held GPS and save the money. Didn't VW learn anything with the Phaeton? The people want a basic VW.
 

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That looks real nice....but why charge everyone for the GPS? Maybe some people just want to use a hand held GPS and save the money. Didn't VW learn anything with the Phaeton? The people want a basic VW.
They probably needed the big display for the GPS. What is the pricing on these anyways? Nevermind, I read the article. Nice pictures. The interior is secccsee!
 

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Why are the cargo volumes so different for the 2010 TDI versus the 2011 TDI. They seem so dramatically different that I suspect an error (note: I am not talking about the hypbrid)
 

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Why are the cargo volumes so different for the 2010 TDI versus the 2011 TDI. They seem so dramatically different that I suspect an error (note: I am not talking about the hypbrid)
I don't know but these are the official numbers I have gotten from the brochures. Perhaps the "VDA" measuring method is different.

Straight out of the Canadian brochure:
MAXIMUM LUGGAGE CAPACITY, LITRES
(VDA measuring method using 200 x 100 x 50 mm blocks)
Capacity – rear seats upright 580
Capacity – rear seats folded 1642
 

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I had a chance to poke around a 2011 VW Touareg TDI today, here is some stuff I noticed:

The headrests now slide forward-back in addition to up-down. They don't tilt, the headrest actually slides forward.

The fiber type soundproofing wheel wells are still there in the front and back. They are for quieting tire noise. However, one person with a 2010 had them tear when they hit a huge puddle.

The RNS810, the center console screen display looks bigger in photos. In person it's still pretty big but in pictures it looks huge. It works well and you access many car convenience settings like lighting, rain sensor, oil level, etc.

The instrument cluster MFD is really, really nice. Unlike Passat where it's just a color version of the red/black or white/black Jetta/Golf type display, the MFD is big, bright, and isn't square - it goes around the gauges. Refer to the buying guide for pictures.

There's no dipstick but there is a plugged tube. Therefore, you can buy one and add it later.

The rear seats don't fold down when you press the button, they fall down. As VW mico said, one nice feature vs. the competition is that they lock in the down position.

The rear exhaust tips look nice. Instead of being just tubes they're styled tips.

Interior quality is very good.

The rear cargo floor no longer has a clip on the cargo cover which holds it in the up position. You now have to manually use a bungee to hold it up.

On 2009-2010, there's no way you could get to the adblue port without removing the spare tire. This is shown below.

On 2010, the spare tire's wheel uses an open spoke design and the adblue port is moved aft of the hub where the spare is screwed on. I didn't try but it looks like you can reach through the spare and fit a narrow funnel past the spokes.

 

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Anyone know if the cooled seats available in Europe can be added to a US Spec Touareg? Probably never gonna use the heated seats in Hawaii.
 
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