Touareg: 2013 V6 TDI
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: North of the 45th
Second Vehicle: too many to list
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Id day 99% of anyone buying a honda crv or pilot have zero idea of what the hp figure is on their vehicle, that is the exact target market of the new tig and atlas. Think of the US only version of the Passat vs the ROW version and it gives everyone a good idea as to what level of vehicle to expect out of the tig and atlas. There will be nothing in common with the Touareg other than the logos.
I think the SUV market is big enough for car makers to offer more than just small, medium and large. To me it makes total sense to offer a Tiguan and Atlas as your mass market vehicles, yet still have a Touareg as a bargain Range Rover. Same idea as for having things like an escape, edge and explorer, yet throwing in a Bronco, and a Raptor. Much like the car market there are many different offerings with size and number of seats only a couple of the many factors to consider.
Personally my own ultimate SUV would be if Ford grabbed the range rover soort chassis with the td6 engine and wrapped a simple design and simple feature Bronco around it. Kind of what like VW was doing with the touareg before they neutered it then later f@' it all up with dieselgate.
2013 Touareg TDI Black Pearl / Titan Black
'09 TDI, '07 V8 FSI, '04 V10 TDI, '04 VR6