New Volkswagen Touareg goes hybridSUV gets petrol-electric power and a new look

12 February 2010

VW Touareg

New Touareg gets VW family look, plus hybrid engine

Volkswagen has unveiled official images of the brand new Touareg – and confirmed that the range will include a petrol-electric hybrid version.

A rival to the , the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid has similarly impressive performance as its Japanese rival. It can hit 60mph in 6.5 seconds and go on to nearly 150mph.

How is this green, then? Well, it can also average 34.4mpg and emits 193g/km CO2, the lowest level of any new model Touareg. Also, thanks to pairing a 3.3-litre supercharged V6 with a powerful electric motor, the Hybrid can run under zero-emissions electric power alone up to 30mph.

Longer, lower, lighter

VW Touareg

Width stays the same, but new Touareg is longer and lower

It is an interesting addition to the new Touareg range, which arrives in the UK this August. Longer but no wider and 20mm lower than the outgoing large luxury SUV, the new model is also a significant 200kg lighter. This helps further cut fuel consumption, by up to 20% on some variants.

It remains a five-seat-only vehicle. However, the interior is bigger and is now available with a sliding rear bench seat for more comfort. There is a massive 580-litre boot, which expands to 1642 litres with the seats down.

Family-friendly look

Visually, Volkswagen has stuck firmly to the principles of the current Touareg. However, the new vehicle is smoother and more mature-looking, using many of the cues seen in the latest Golf and . As these cars were, in turn, influenced by the current Touareg, it strengthens the family-familiar look of all VWs.

VW Touareg

New 4x4 is heading upmarket with plush interior trim

The gadget-packed interior is more upmarket, further showing how well VW can do premium trim. Luxury options include air-conditioned massage seats, adaptive roll-compensation air suspension and a touch-screen sat nav.

Prices haven’t been confirmed, but trims have been, they will be SE, Altitude, Hybrid and Escape.

The Escape will be more off-road-biased than the others, using a 4xMotion drivetrain with selectable off-road settings and differential locks.

Diesel dominates

While the Hybrid is most interesting, the diesels will sell best. Here, there is the choice of 3.0 V6 TDI and 4.2 V8 TDI. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and feature engine stop-start.

The 4.2 V8 is powerful and has a huge 590Nm of pulling power. But the V6 TDI is the star – at 38.1mpg, it’s even more economical than the Hybrid. It emits 195g/km and produces 240bhp.

Volkswagen will announce prices of the new Touareg nearer the start of UK car market production in June.


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