Volkswagen has updated the Touareg midsize SUV and the Jetta compact sedan, months ahead of the vehicles' arrival in global showrooms by November and December this year, respectively. (No word yet on when Volkswagen Philippines can bring these versions to our market.)
Besides the expected changes to the bumper, the grille, the wheels, and the interior trim, the Touareg's engines have also been revised, with the 3.0-liter V6 now producing either 201hp or 258hp. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and equipped with a selective catalytic reduction system, both powerplants are reportedly compliant with Euro 6 standards. An automatic post-collision braking system is now also available as standard.
For the Jetta, the updates are more distinct, starting with the radiator grille with three horizontal fins and a reprofiled bumper. At the rear, the trunk lid now sports an aerodynamically efficient lip that extends into the wings at the side to complement the new taillights and bumper. Inside, the Jetta comes with revised instruments, a new steering wheel design, a variety of new trims around the center console, and new fabric designs for the seats and the door trims.
All of the Jetta's engines will feature Volkswagen's BlueMotion Technology, which adds stop/start and energy recovery systems, making the car Euro 6-compliant. Engine choices available to the revised Jetta are: a 1.4-liter TSI unit mated to a six-speed manual transmission to create 123hp; a 1.4-liter TSI mill paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox for 148hp; a 2.0-liter TDI engine that produces 108hp through either a five-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox; and a 2.0-liter TDI with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG gearbox, rated at 148hp.