Volkswagen of America, Inc. unveiled the second generation Touareg and showcased the brand’s first hybrid at the 2010 New York International Auto Show. Volkswagen had earlier introduced the new Touareg in Germany in February. (Earlier post.)
With the hybrid model, a supercharged, direct injection V6 gasoline engine is paired with an electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by about 40%. The Touareg Hybrid achieve approximately 25 and 21 mpg US (9.4 L/100km and 11.2 L/100km) during highway and city driving respectively.
A special clutch can disengage the transmission from the engine when the engine is not powering the Touareg, allowing it to coast forward emission free to further aid in fuel savings. The electric motor can also recover kinetic energy during braking to help recharge the nickel metal-hydride battery pack. With the V6 engine and electric motor combined, a total of 375 hp (280 kW) and 428 lb-ft (580 N·m) of torque are available, allowing for full towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds.