The Volkswagen Touareg went hybrid in February, as we first reported on at that time. The 2011 hybrid model is now coming to the United States, VW said this week at the auto show in New York. It will get a not-so impressive 25 and 21 mpg during highway and city driving respectively, though this is a little better than typical SUV gas mileage so some may be happy about that.
VW said regarding the hybrid Touareg that it sports “a 3.0-liter supercharged, direct injection V6 gasoline engine is paired with a special electric motor that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about 40 percent.” It will have an eight-speed automatic transmission to help with this, which is said to be the first of its kind in an SUV. It will also be capable of driving in electric mode only, though we doubt it will go almost 100 MPH like its Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid sibling. It will have, however, a total of 375 horsepower and 428 lbs.-ft. of torque are available, allowing for full towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds.
Also on the block for the Touareg in 2011 is an option for a “3.0-liter, V6 TDI Clean Diesel engine” that offers “improved fuel economy, reduced emissions, and greater power versus a similarly-sized gasoline engine.” All versions of the Touareg, regardless of what is under the hood, will also sport “a fully-revised exterior that embraces the brand’s new face and styling cues” as well as interior features like full leather seating for five, a seven-inch widescreen color driver information display located between the main gauges in the dash and a new touch screen entertainment and navigation system.
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