Previous generation of hybrid was offered with Nickel Metal-Hydride battery pack but according to few sources the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid could be offered with improved Lithium-Ion battery. This would bring the lower weight and smaller size of the package but still with the same capacity.
Biggest problem with this vehicle, just like with the previous version could be its price. Base price of this hybrid is $62.865 and even we are getting many great improvements and latest technology it still comes with incredible price tag. There is no doubt that this one offers great level of luxury, fuel economy and looks but still it can be a big no no for many buyers. Compare it with standard V6 model with a base price of $44.245 and TDI version at $47.745 it is quite a price bump.
Under the hood everything remains pretty much unchanged with the supercharged 3.0 liter V6 unit that develops 333 hp and 325 pound feet of torque. This gasoline engine is paired with 47 hp electric motor that now drains electric power from 1.7 kWh battery pack. Total power of this system is about 380 hp and 428 pound feet of torque that is enough for 5100 pounds vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in about 6 seconds.
2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Changes
To further improve the fuel efficiency the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid comes with the eight speed automatic transmission that also has the decoupling clutch. With this setup it is possible during the ride only to coast while the electronics will completely separate engine and no engine drag will slow down your car. Power is transferred to all wheels which promise to bring the most no matter of the terrain.
Just like every other Touareg in the lineup this one also offers great amount of interior space and comfort with all the luxury that you need. Things like wood and aluminum accents will certainly be attractive to many while the back seat offers enough space even for taller people. At the front, center console is dominated with a large display that will provide all the needed information’s to driver and it will be possible to control most in car systems with through this screen.
If we would remove few badges that point to hybrid powertrain that is located under the hood of this vehicle there would be almost no differences between this and a standard version. Ride is very smooth and only driver will notice when both power sources are in use while other passengers will not even notice these changes. Chassis is quite strong allowing only minimal body roll and as a result we have a confident and powerful machine.
Release Date Of 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
One of the things that we liked most is the time when we forget about the fuel economy and try to push this vehicle almost to its limits. Pressing the pedal to the floor will cause both supercharged gasoline engine and electric motor to deliver max power to the wheels and combination of these two have a lot to offer, especially on the torque segment which is incredible. Max torque is available almost instantly thankfully to the combination in this system and is available almost to the red line.
Release date has not yet been official but like many other new additions we do expect it to be delivered either during the summer or during the fall of this year. Not definite dates were offered but we might see it presented soon and the sales are only few months away.