Volkswagen South Africa has announced changes and several new options to its range of Touareg SUVs and Touran MPVs.

Volkswagen South Africa has announced changes and several new options to its range of Touareg SUVs and Touran MPVs.

The steering column-mounted shift paddles, previously reserved for the V10 TDI version of the Touareg, will now be available as an option on the V8 and the R5 2,5 TDI models too. The addition of the shift paddles will cost R1 400.

A wooden multi-function steering wheel (R4 200) has been added to complement the wood inserts used in the SUVs interior.

Touareg owners are now also able to banish the extra gadget needed to operate their gates and garage doors. A new device can be integrated into the roof mounting incorporating the interior lights. The remote control costs R1 960, though the device cannot be added as an after-market accessory.

Keeping the off-road enthusiasts happy, the Touareg range receives a tailgate-mounted full-sized spare wheel with cover, and a removable towbar.

Optional across the range of Touareg and Touran models is a power tailgate closing function for R1 050. A “suction function” pulls the door into place without slamming it, prolonging its life.

Changes are effective immediately.