Volkswagen announces price for 2011 Touareg

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Volkswagen Canada says it will price the 2011 Touareg “in the heart” of the luxury sport utility market with an MSRP of $48,440 – $3,000 more than the 2010 version.

Slated to hit showrooms in November, the SUV is longer, wider and lower than the previous generation. Despite the altered physical dimensions, the company says it weighs less, has improved aerodynamics and boasts lower CO2 emissions than the 2010 model.

The automaker says the Touareg also has a new exterior, standard 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps and an available panoramic sunroof, which runs almost the full length of the roof.

Powering the model will be the standard 280 hp V6 engine or an available 3.0 litre TDI Clean Diesel with 406 lb. ft. of torque.

Also standard on the all-new 2011 Touareg is the RNS 850 Navigation system.

“Combined with a 60 GB hard-drive, this system presents its information on a full-colour 8-inch screen,” the release continues.

Bluetooth(R) mobile phone connectivity, integrated Sirius Satellite Radio receiver, and Volkswagen's Media Device Interface (MDI), which allows for seamless integration with iPods(R) and other electronic storage devices is standard.