What is it? VW rolled out the Touareg Hybrid to showcase the line's next generation. It uses a supercharged V6 engine, which, when combined with a 47-hp electric motor, will give the Touareg Hybrid 380 hp, for acceleration that should be blistering. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive are standard. The Touareg hybrid will use a nickel metal hydride battery pack and can VW says it can drive up to 30 mph on electric power alone. Perhaps most significantly, the new Touareg reportedly weighs a whopping 400 pounds less than the outgoing model. VW claims an overall fuel economy of 26 mpg.
What's new or notable? The Touareg Hybrid will use a new type of full hybrid system that disengages the gas engine for electric operation and shuts the engine off for coasting. Volkswagen says this will provide it with a "seamless" driving experience similar to a conventional car.
When will it be available? The regular Touareg will go on sale in the fall of 2010, with the hybrid following a few months later.
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