Volkswagen has started advance sales for the new Touareg R eHybrid, a plug-in hybrid SUV that combines performance, efficiency and versatility. The Touareg R eHybrid is the first R model from Volkswagen to feature a hybrid powertrain, and it offers a range of driving modes to suit different situations and preferences.
The Volkswagen Touareg R eHybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TSI engine that produces 340 horsepower and an electric motor that adds another 136 horsepower, for a total system output of 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor is integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission and draws energy from a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located under the luggage compartment floor.
The battery can be charged externally via a socket on the left side of the vehicle or internally by recuperating energy during braking and coasting. The Touareg R eHybrid can travel up to 28 miles on electric power alone, according to the WLTP cycle, and reach a top speed of 87 mph in E-MODE. When the battery is sufficiently charged, the vehicle starts in E-MODE by default, making it possible to drive emissions-free in urban areas.
However, if more power or range is needed, the driver can switch to HYBRID mode, which automatically manages the interaction between the engine and the electric motor for optimal efficiency. The driver can also select a battery charge level to maintain or increase for later use, such as entering a low-emission zone.
For those who want to experience the full potential of the Volkswagen Touareg R eHybrid, there is also SPORT mode, which activates both the engine and the electric motor for maximum performance. In this mode, the vehicle can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. The Touareg R eHybrid also features a standard all-wheel-drive system with a Torsen center differential that distributes the power between the front and rear axles.
The Touareg R eHybrid is not only powerful, but also agile and comfortable. It comes with standard air suspension that adapts to the road conditions and driving style, as well as optional rear-axle steering that improves maneuverability at low speeds and stability at high speeds. The vehicle also offers a high level of customization, with various options for wheels, colors, upholstery, and trim.
The interior of the Volkswagen Touareg R eHybrid is spacious and luxurious, with plenty of room for five passengers and their luggage. The vehicle features a digital cockpit with a 12-inch instrument cluster and a 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The infotainment system also includes specific functions for the hybrid system, such as displaying the energy flow, the battery status, and the charging options.
One of the highlights of the Touareg R eHybrid is its Google Built-In technology, which allows the driver to access Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play directly from the infotainment system without using a smartphone. The driver can use voice commands or touch controls to ask Google Assistant for information, directions, entertainment and more. The Google Maps navigation also shows real-time traffic information, charging stations and points of interest along the route.
The Volkswagen Touareg R eHybrid is not only smart but also safe. It comes with a comprehensive package of driver assistance systems that help prevent accidents and make driving easier. Some of these systems are Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Front Assist, Park Assist, Night Vision, and Travel Assist, which can partially automate driving up to 130 mph.
The Volkswagen Touareg R eHybrid is available in Germany starting from €84,660 (about $96,000), which includes VAT and a six-year or 62,000-mile warranty for the battery. Its and expensive SUV, but you always can get a Volkswagen Taigo. The vehicle is also eligible for an environmental bonus of €3,750 (about $4,250) from the German government. The Touareg R eHybrid is expected to arrive in other markets soon.
The Volkswagen Touareg R eHybrid is a plug-in hybrid SUV that offers a compelling combination of power, efficiency, and versatility. It is also a showcase of Volkswagen’s innovation and technology, with its hybrid system, Google Built-In features, and driver assistance systems. The Touareg R eHybrid is a vehicle that can adapt to any situation and satisfy any driver.