With competition building up in the hybrid segment, 2018 VW Touareg Hybrid is in high anticipations. The German automakers have already presented some impressive leap in fuel efficiency, and this upcoming Touareg Hybrid might set the standard high.
The teaser images of this model have already come up which has sparked interest. As Volkswagen is lately inclined towards HEVs and PHEVs, this new Touareg Hybrid is expected to bring several new features that concerns with the Plug-In Hybrid technology.
2018 VW Touareg Hybrid – Refreshed Design
By the looks of teaser images, 2018 VW Touareg Hybrid is coming with a refreshed exterior styling. However, this new generation model still sits on the flexible MLB Evo platform. With some optimization in the modular architecture, this 2018 Touareg Hybrid might shed around 300 kg (661 lbs) of its overall body weight.
Volkswagen is presenting a dramatic styling in this new Touareg Hybrid with LED strips in the headlights, grille and front air intakes. The taillights are also wearing 3 clusters of LED styling. The hood is getting dynamic moldings towards the front wheel arches.
The biggest change in interior cabin is probably going to be the upgraded MIB II infotainment system with support for gesture controls. This also hints that App-Connect might come as standard.
The seats will get a lounge-like arrangement which will be pretty similar to the L-bench layout of Volkswagen BUDD-e. The driver’s gauge cluster will be reworked and adapted for monitoring the hybrid powertrain. This cabin will integrate several safety features as standard including:
- Adaptive Body Roll Compensation
- Adaptive Air Suspension (with Continuous Damping Control)
- Area View (with 4 cameras)
- Front Assist Collision Avoidance System (with Fully Automatic Emergency Braking)
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Lane Departure Warning
- Full Speed Range Automatic Distance Control (with stop and go function)
Powertrain and Performance
To set the bars of efficient performance high, 2018 VW Touareg Hybrid could use a 3.0 liter V6 engine that produces 376 HP of power and 516 lb-ft of torque. This unit will be backed by high-power electric motors to amp up output figures.
This hybrid powertrain is suspected of delivering an impressive combined fuel efficiency of 78 mpg. Moreover, acceleration could go as 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds, or less and top speed will measure at around 139 mph. Also, expect VW Plug-In Hybrid SUV to reach a towing capacity limit of up to 7,716 pounds.
Price and Release Date
Official pricing of 2018 VW Touareg Hybrid is still under the wraps and is expected to cross the $48,000 mark. Likewise, this new Touareg Hybrid could hit the dealerships during the 4th quarters of 2017 or probably by the 1st half of 2018.