VW Confirms Production of Touareg Hybrid

Last week, we reported that Volkswagen was testing a hybrid version of the Touareg SUV. Our sources now tell us that the Touareg Hybrid has been upgraded from prototype status to an official production vehicle with a target release date in 2011.

Under new management at VW, the company’s hybrid strategy has shifted from applying gas-electric technology to small cars to larger more expensive vehicles. The Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid will be VW’s first production hybrid vehicle. It will hit the European market next year, and arrive in the US by the middle of 2011.

A company spokesperson said the gas-electric SUV will offer “maximum power with minimum consumption,” thanks to a supercharged direct-injected V6 engine tied to a 38-kilowatt electric motor. The hybrid variant will join the standard gasoline model and a forthcoming diesel-powered version—which replaces the V10 TDI, a vehicle which had the dubious distinction as the dirtiest vehicle on the market according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

As a full hybrid vehicle, the Touareg will achieve an estimated 26 miles per gallon in combined driving. That’s a 15 percent improvement over the gas-powered Touareg. And in city driving, the Touareg hybrid is expected to beat out most large SUVs by as much as 25 percent. It will also offer electric-only operation at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.

In terms of performance, the Touareg Hybrid will yield 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. A special boost function for high acceleration or towing maneuvers will push output to 369 horses and an axle-twisting 406 pound-feet of torque. The Touareg will have a zero-to-60 time of less than seven seconds, and a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds.

Pricing details are not yet available.


  • Old Man Crowder

    Just what we need. Another big, honkin’ SUV to make people feel like they’re saving the planet because it says “hybrid”.

    Seriously… 300+ horsepower? WHY??

    I hope this vehicle does as well as the Durango/Aspen hybrids did.

  • Boom Boom

    This MPG is basically what the Highlander Hybrid gets. If Volkswagen can get this to market with these MPG figures and a comparable price to a Highlander Hybrid (mid $30s), Toyota will have competition on one more front. We’ll see if the next generation of Toyota hybrids have an improvement in MPG. (The prius went up by barely 10%.)

  • richard k

    America needs to get away from it’s
    addiction to petroleum.

    In order to achive this long term goal.

    We need a ” bridge vehicle” that can get
    max MPG and be put in production
    promptly in order to reduce petroleum
    consumption dramatically in a short
    period of time.

    I propose that this vehicle be a
    PLUG IN- HYBRID DIESEL with
    a Solar panel on the rooftop.

    A vehicle such such as this depending on weight — should probably achieve
    70-100 MPG depending on how it is driven.

    This could probably reduce imports of petroleum in this county in half.

    Hopefully, our new administration will
    put some of these stimulus dollars to
    help develop and market this proposed vehicle.

  • richard k

    America needs to get away from it’s
    addiction to petroleum.

    In order to achive this long term goal.

    We need a ” bridge vehicle” that can get
    max MPG and be put in production
    promptly in order to reduce petroleum
    consumption dramatically in a short
    period of time.

    I propose that this vehicle be a
    PLUG IN- HYBRID DIESEL with
    a Solar panel on the rooftop.

    A vehicle such such as this depending on weight — should probably achieve
    70-100 MPG depending on how it is driven.

    This could probably reduce imports of petroleum in this county in half.

    Hopefully, our new administration will
    put some of these stimulus dollars to
    help develop and market this proposed vehicle.

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  • Jehnavi

    The typical owner of a 5-th wheel or travel trailer is not in the market for a VW SUV, at least here in the United States. This car makes no sense here, and that is why no one is buying it… they even make a performance R50 for Europe which bumps horsepower to around 500, but will never see the light of day here. The Euros must be doing something with it to justify a version like that. Touareg vw

  • Beans

    you are an idiot