Volkswagen Touareg goes hybrid

February 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Volkswagen has updated its huge Touareg 4×4 (the slightly more socially-subtle sister model to the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7, though these things are relative), and whilst this new-look model is 40mm longer than the already mammoth outgoing model, we’ll commend the fact that it is up to 200kg lighter (depending on version) and up to 20% more fuel-efficient. Progress.

Headline news is the hybrid: this combines a new 333PS 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine and a 47PS motor, giving a total 380PS and 428lb ft of torque. It’ll run at up to 30mph in electric-only mode, the motor also assisting in normal petrol-driven acceleration (0-62mph in 6.5 seconds); it returns 34.4mpg and emits 193g/km of carbon dioxide, not far off the return of the mainstream 3.0 V6 TDI diesel model (38.1mpg and 195g/km). The diesel’ll be cheaper to buy, though not as quick. A revised version of the 4.2 TDI V8 continues (31mpg, 239g/km).  UK sales start in June, with deliveries from August.


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