The new Volkswagen Touareg range brings for the first time, a Hybrid. The new Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid brings together a 3.3-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 333 PS and 265 lbs ft of torque and an electric motor generating 47 PS, resulting in a total output of 380 PS and 428 lbs ft of torque.
The electric motor can operate independently of the combustion engine making the new Touareg a full hybrid. On electric power alone the new Volkswagen Touareg is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 30 mph. Alternatively the electric motor can supplement the V6 engine to provide a useful boost during overtaking manoeuvres and allows the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 149 mph.
The new Volkswagen Touareg range will extend to four versions in the UK, the SE, Altitude, Hybrid and Escape. The Volkswagen Touareg Escape model, available with the V6 TDI engine, features a system called 4XMOTION which comprises reduction gearing, centre and rear differentials that can each be fully locked for off-road applications and five stage control for the four wheel drive system. The first stage is for on-road applications, the second is for off-road use and activates automatic control for the mechanical differential locks, and stage three engages the low-range gearbox with revised mapping of the gearbox to raise the shift points and switches off the automatic upshift in manual mode. Stage four applies the centre differential lock; stage five adds the rear differential lock.
Production of the new Volkswagen Touareg for the UK market starts in June before first deliveries commence in August. Prices and specifications will be announced nearer this time.