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Is there enough room for both a Touareg V6 TDI and a gas hybrid?


WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen will complement its gasoline- and diesel-powered Touaregs with a hybrid model that uses a supercharged gasoline engine paired with an electric motor. Volkswagen says average fuel economy is estimated to be 26 mpg and the hybrid will achieve 25 percent better fuel economy in the city compared to other large SUVs.
The hybrid powertrain uses the full gasoline/electric hybrid playbook: a start-stop system, regenerative braking and a clutch that disengages the engine when the driver lifts his or her foot from the gas pedal. Touareg Hybrids will also use electrohydraulic steering.
The Touareg Hybrid will draw power from a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 combined with an electric motor that produces 51 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The Touareg will get an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive. Electric power alone can move the Touareg to speeds up to 30 mph.
In the current prototype, the hybrid powertrain makes a total of 328 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. When the driver requests maximum power by flattening the accelerator or moving the gear selector to "S," a boost up to 369 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque is provided. Operating in this mode, the Touareg Hybrid can sprint to 60 mph in less than 6.8 seconds. The hybrid is also capable of towing more than 7,500 pounds.
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