New Touareg gets hybrid treatment
The Hybrid's 333PS 3.3-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine is married up to an electric motor generating 47PS, resulting in a total output of 380PS and 428lb ft of torque. It has been designed as a full hybrid and can operate on electric power alone at speeds of up to 30mph. The electric motor is also used to supplement the V6 engine for example during overtaking manoeuvres.
The Touareg will also come with a range of petrol and diesel engines including the entry-level 240PS 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine – said to be the volume seller – and a new range-topping 340PS 4.2-litre TDI V8 engine.
The model also offers more space than before thanks to a longer wheelbase. It remains a five-seater but has been designed to offer more legroom in the rear due to the new sliding rear bench and reclining backrests. These also help increase the boot capacity from 580 litres to 1,642 litres.
The Touareg also gains new equipment. Standard examples of the new Touareg will feature an eight-speed transmission as well as, on the majority of models, Start/Stop technology, touchscreen satellite navigation and leather upholstery. New optional equipment includes High Beam Assist that automatically dips the headlights when it senses oncoming traffic, Side Assist to warn of vehicles occupying blind spots, adaptive roll compensation air suspension and air conditioned, massaging seats.
Four trim levels will be available in the UK: SE, Altitude, Hybrid and Escape. The 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 to suit the current terrain.
First deliveries of the new Touareg commence in August. Prices and specifications will be announced nearer this time.