VW Touareg Hybrid Heading to U.S. in 2011
Volkswagen AG has confirmed that its new Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid model will be joining the U.S. lineup within the next 24 months. This gasoline-electric variant is set to launch in Europe next year when the mid-size Touareg undergoes it first revamp since being introduced in 2004. However, we're not likely to see it here until sometime late in 2011. Set to complement the existing gasoline and diesel-powered models, this new mileage-making Touareg will team a 333-horsepower supercharged direct-injected gasoline V6 with a 38 kilowatt (51 horsepower) electric motor positioned between the engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Volkswagen's preliminary -- and admittedly limited -- initial data indicate that the new Touareg Hybrid will be able to run in zero-emissions electric mode at speeds of up to 31 mph. It's also expected to return approximately 26 mpg -- a 17 percent improvement -- on its combined fuel economy cycle. As a final touch, the new Touareg Hybrid will be capable of towing up to 7,100 pounds, which VW is quick to point out exceeds that of any other hybrid SUV currently on the market. Although final output/performance specs for the U.S. version have yet to be determined, a Volkswagen of America spokesman has confirmed that they'll be very close to the numbers indicated for its Euro cousin.