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FIRST PICTURES: All-new Volkswagen Touareg goes hybrid

Date: 15 February 2010

Volkswagen's revised Touareg will offer a hybrid model when it goes on sale in August.

The new Touareg Hybrid has a 3.3 supercharged V6 petrol engine and an electric motor with a total output of 380hp, yet a 193g/km CO2 emission figure and fuel economy of 34.4mpg. The electric motor can operate independently of the combustion engine at low speed.

On electric power the Touareg can travel at speeds up to 30 mph or the electric motor can supplement the V6 engine to boost acceleration.

The entry-level engine and likely volume seller is a 3.0 V6 TDI engine generating 240hp with 38.1 mpg and emitting 195 g/km of CO2 to place it in VED band J.

A new 4.2 TDI V8 engine producing 339bhp is top of the range and can achieve 31mpg on a combined cycle while emitting 239 g/km Co2.

Volkswagen said styling draws inspiration from Golf Mk 6 and new Poloto give the Touraeg "greater presence and a lower drag coefficient without sacrificing the functional requirements of short front and rear overhangs for off-roading".

The car will have eight-speed transmission and most models will have start-stop technology, touchscreen satellite navigation and leather upholstery.

Options will include High Beam Assist that automatically dips the headlights when it senses oncoming traffic, Side Assist to warn of vehicles occupying blind spots, adaptive roll compensation air suspension and air conditioned, massaging seats.

Four trims - SE, Altitude, Hybrid and Escape - will be available, with prices and specifications will be announced nearer its on-sale date.

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