Volkswagen Touareg got hybrids instead of V8 dieselOctober 14, 2020
The German concern abandoned the most powerful turbodiesel unit in its engine range for Volkswagen Touareg, replacing it with hybrid power plants.
In 2016, Volkswagen developed the EA898 4.0-liter turbo diesel engine, which was available in both standard bi-turbo and electrically aspirated versions. This engine has been used in Volkswagen Touareg, Audi A8, SQ7 and SQ8 and Bentley Bentayga models.
However, the automaker announced last month that it was ditching the engine. The result is a Touareg V8 TDI with 421 hp. has been available for less than 1.5 years. Now the full-size crossover will receive two powerful configurations at once, which will be equipped with hybrid units.
These are the Touareg R and Touareg eHybrid models. Both versions of the Volkswagen Touareg have been unified with hybrid Audi, Bentley and Porsche, which are based on a single platform.
The crossover is powered by a 3.0-liter petrol turbo V6 TFSI with 340 hp, paired with an electric motor with 136 hp. Together with the power unit, an 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system work. At the same time in the “R” version the model produces 462 hp, and in the eHybrid – 381 hp. The electric motor is powered by a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion traction battery, which is located under the boot floor. You can charge the battery from an electrical outlet. The electric range is 47 km according to the WLTP cycle.
Note that in the Touareg R version, the crossover received a special decor, as well as a “sports” suspension tuning, in contrast to the eHybrid. In the basic equipment, the model is equipped with a four-zone climate control, a panoramic roof, a virtual instrument panel and others, and the Touareg R additionally received matrix headlights.
In Germany, the eHybrid version will cost customers a minimum of 72,380 euros, and for the Touareg R they ask for at least 84,660 euros.
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