Great news here as VW has announced the worldwide introduction of a 3.0-liter TSI supercharged V6 hybrid for the VW Touareg.
For 2011, the Touareg is available with a 3.0-liter V6 TDI clean diesel that makes 225 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, a 3.6.-liter FSI V6 gasoline engine making 280 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, or the 3.0-liter TSI supercharged V6 hybrid that pairs the engine with an electric motor and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. The Touareg can go up to 30 mph on electric power alone. The hybrid engine offers combined horsepower of 380 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque — as VW puts it, “V8 power with better fuel efficiency than a V6.” All three engine choices are combined with an eight-speed transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
Appearance-wise, the 2011 Touareg is shorter and wider, with a longer wheelbase for more cabin space. More curves, fender flares, a chrome accent strip and shaped chrome exhaust tips are among the exterior changes for what VW calls a more “muscular” appearance. The Touareg also gets LED running lights and bi-xenon headlamps.