The largest SUV of the German brand has given us long teeth with its sportier version: the Volkswagen Touareg R, a hybrid model that will be available in the second half of this year.
Among its most prominent rivals are the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, the Audi Q7 60 TFSIe or the Range Rover Sport in its PHEV version, models with relative success thanks to the fact that they combine habitability, luxury, power and that little ecological wink so fashionable lately.
Volkswagen Touareg R exterior design
To emphasize the sporty character of this huge SUV, a number of modifications have been made, including glossy black trim, redesigned bumpers with larger air intakes, sportier heel pads, and impressive wheels. 20-inch black series.
In addition, for the avoidance of doubt, the letter R appears on the front grille and on the tailgate, just below the brand’s emblem. The result is a muscular looking vehicle that transmits much more dynamism than the rest of the range.
With all this, the list of options is huge, with elements that make this Volkswagen Touareg R even more exclusive, such as Lapiz Blue Metallic paint, a night vision system, tires up to 22 inches or a powerful sound system from the Dynaudio brand.
The Touareg’s cabin also exudes sportiness, mixed with a good dose of technology and luxury, such as the 12-inch Innovision Cockpit screen that comes standard and doubles as an instrument panel. In the center of the dashboard is a multimedia system of no less than 15 inches, called Discover Premium.
To match the exterior, we have also opted to introduce glossy black in different parts of the interior, a solution that looks good at first glance but where you can see too much dust and traces. Other standard features of this R version are, for example, the brand’s most advanced LED matrix headlights, the four-zone climate control or the panoramic roof, so you won’t miss a thing.
As for the space in the passenger compartment, it does not differ from its range brothers, so it has five very comfortable seats. The trunk of the rest of the range is 810 liters of capacity, but, in this version, the batteries of the electrical system are housed under the floor of the same. The brand has not given data on whether it will lose load capacity, but it is very possible that it did.
Volkswagen Touareg R engine
Much of the grace of this Touareg R is under the hood, where it hides a plug-in hybrid system with no less than 462 hp of power, extracted from the sum of a 340 hp turbocharged V6 gasoline engine and another 136 hp electric one.
The lithium-ion battery that allows the vehicle to circulate in 100% electric mode has a capacity of 14.1 kWh, although the brand has not yet provided the autonomy data.
What we do have information about is the torque, which with 700 Nm will not leave anyone indifferent. There’s no data on performance yet, but it achieves a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 kilograms. In addition, it has the Trailer Assist function, an aid to maneuver with a towed trailer.
As in other plug-in hybrid models, a multitude of driving modes can be selected. In this case, it has up to seven different modes: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual, Offroad and Snow. In addition, you can choose the battery level you want to maintain, which is very useful if you want to use the car by city later.
As for the price, the brand has not provided the data, but it will surely be close to the five digits since the V6 TSI version of 340 CV R-Line starts from a considerable 85,160 euros.