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Make no mistake, VW has had a hell of a year (and decade we might add) with financial and customer success and acceptance. That said, there have been quibbles about its outdated Touareg which was begging to look like the rejected sibling of the Porsche Cayenne.

That will all change when the 2011 Touareg rolls out later this year. This a full update to VW’s luxury performance and flagship SUV.

The package has been fully redesigned with VW going for bold and controversial styling on the outside. The faceplate has been updated to match the Golf and Polo as well as VW’s Passat.

Concerning fuel performance, VW made that of utmost importance and the new Touareg has a smaller appetite unlike its predecessor which was known for gas guzzling. Not only that, but the new version is 460 pounds lighter then it’s predecessor, so of course fuel economy got a bum in that respect.

The Volkswagen first ever mass produced hybrid drive train is included and there are options for a supercharged version with features direct injected 3.0-liter V6 with an electric motor and an eight speed automatic transmission. The Hybrid version features 28.6 mpg(U.S) while the TDI (diesel powered) version sports an impressive 31.8 mpg.

More information is supposed to be coming in the next few weeks as to price and availability. In the mean time, check out the photos below.

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