Saddled with perhaps the oddest name in all of the automotive kingdom, the Volkswagen Touareg nevertheless gets a refresh for 2011, adding Volkswagen's first-ever hybrid powertrain to the mix.
Volkswagen's previous approach to alternative fuels has been focused on diesel. And that hasn't changed: A TDI clean-diesel model of the Touareg is still available.
That TDI is one of three engines. There is a conventional gasoline V-6 (3.6-liter, 280-horsepower) unit, the clean-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 TDI that makes 225 horsepower, and then the new Hybrid, which combines a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with an electric traction motor for total power of 380 horsepower.
All three Touareg models use a new eight-speed automatic transmission. In the hybrid model, the electric motor is sandwiched between the engine and the transmission, with clutches on either end so that the electric motor can power the vehicle by itself under light load, at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
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