Audi has been careful when talking about the hybrid. Sources have said it will go into the Q5 first as the company decided to focus their resources on developing it for the MLB component set. From that we had assumed that a Q7 Hybrid was out for now and that’s largely the case, but once the big Audi SUV moves to MLB that will likely change if the Touareg is an indicator. Further, if the hybrid technology takes off, seeing it in other models is probable.
So on to the details of the most current prototype version shown in this particular Touareg. Below is text from the Volkswagen Group press release modified to read with Audi terminology.
The 3.0T FSI (V6 TSI) on the Touareg prototype is fun to drive and delivers 329 HP (245 kW) at 5,500 rpm. From its 2,995 cm3 displacement, it generates a maximum torque of 325 lb. ft. (440 Newton-meters) starting from 3,000 rpm. These characteristics match those of the 4.2-liter V8 engine, yet with the supercharged 3.0T V6 it is significantly more fuel efficient. This represents the principle of intelligent downsizing (less displacement plus gasoline direct injection plus inlet boosting) already established by Volkswagen on the globally successful TSI four cylinder engines, and it is now being applied to six-cylinder engines. The results are convincing. The substantial torque delivery that came from using a supercharger becomes even more fascinating with the addition of the E-motor, especially at low speeds. If required, an exceptional amount of torque is available from a standstill – a bonus that comes from a system that is designed for efficiency. To increase further this efficiency, the 3.0T V6 makes use of a switchable engine water pump. This remains off during the warm-up phase, ensuring rapid achievement of fuel efficient operation.. The pump is integrated into the vehicle’s overall heat management system.
The E-motor integrated between the 3.0T and the 8-speed automatic transmission adds power of 51 HP (38 kW) and up to 221 lb.ft. (300 Newton-meters) of torque. In so-called boosting – where requests for maximum power and torque (by kickdown or gearshift selector in “S” position) are supported by the engagement of both 3.0T V6 and electric drive systems – the powertrain briefly supplies a power of 369 HP (275 kW ) and the maximum available torque increases to 406 lb. ft. (550 Newton-meters). In this case, the Touareg V6 TSI (3.0T) Hybrid prototype accelerates to 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 6.8 seconds.