The Volkswagen Touareg already straddles both sides of the petrolium
fuel fence, with gasoline and diesel-engined versions available. When
the next-generation Touareg drops in 2010, VW plans to extend that
powertrain flexibility to include a gas/electric hybrid as well.
are already in testing. The Touareg hybrid will use an all-new 245 kW
(333 hp) supercharged 3.0 liter direct-injection V6 gasoline engine
connected to an electric motor. This engine produces 440 Nm (325 lb-ft)
torque from 3000 rpm. The E-motor adds another 38 kW (52 hp), as well
as a massive 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) torque.
The Touareg will be a
parallel hybrid, with both gas and electric motors working together to
reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The electric motor can also
power the Touareg alone for up to 50 km/h (30 mph), and Volkswagen
plans to incorporate a switch that enables the driver to lock it in
electric mode for gas-free travel. Power is routed to the wheels
through a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
hybrid will incorporate a stop-start system for fuel savings during
city driving, as well as regenerative braking to charge the nickel
metal-hydride battery that powers the E-motor.
capabilities of the Touareg aren't lost with the transition to hybrid
power, either. Volkswagen says the hybrid Touareg will still tow up to
3.5 metric tonnes, and that off-road and hill climbing ability are not
affected. To offset the weight of the batteries and hybrid system, a
lighter Torsen 4x4 differential and electronic power steering have been
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