Volkswagen is busy presenting a prototype of the future Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid. This car will enter production in 2010 as the world’s first hybrid SUV to have 3.5 metric ton towing capacity. Volkswagen is introducing one of the highest performance parallel hybrid systems in the world in this SUV. The German carmaker is utilising the alliance of a V6 TSI (245 kW) boosted by supercharger and an electric motor (38 kW). Up to a speed of 50 km/h, the Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid can be driven by just the electric motor. In this case, no emissions are generated.
The Touareg Hybrid prototype currently being demonstrated apparently incorporates many features of the future production vehicle. The car is powered by a new V6 TSI — a highly advanced configuration of a direct injection gasoline engine boosted by a mechanically-driven supercharger — in tandem with an electric motor. It features a newly developed 8-speed automatic transmission. The SUV is able to offer a new all-wheel drive system and up to 3.5 metric tons towing capacity.
When used in the hybrid drive, fuel consumption of less than 9.0 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers is attained. The electric motor installed between the V6 TSI and the 8-speed automatic transmission delivers a maximum power of 38 kW / 52 PS. In boosting mode — where maximum torque and power are required, the V6 TSI engine and the electric motor operate together (by kickdown or gearshift selector in “S” position). Under these conditions, a temporary maximum power of 275 kW is available with a maximum torque of 550 Nm.