2011 Volkswagen Touareg Priced From $45,270, Hybrid Starts At $61,385

With 2011 right around the corner, Volkswagen has announced prices for its second-generation 2011 Touareg. According to the automaker, base models should carry an MSRP of $45,270, including destination.

All Touaregs are now equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and lightened curb weights, along with subtly retouched exteriors and revised interiors. The base Touareg comes with a 3.6-liter V-6 with 280 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The diesel version retains the 3.0-liter TDI engine with 225 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque while delivering an improved fuel economy of 19 city/28 highway mpg for the sum of $48,770. The gasoline-powered SUV is capable of 16 city and 23 highway mpg. Both versions are around $4000 higher than the respective 2010 models.

The biggest pricing news involves the well-equipped Touareg Hybrid, better known as Volkswagen's first global hybrid. The powertrain is the star and it dazzles with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and an electric motor with 46 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Together, the engine and motor are rated for 380 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. The EPA numbers aren't official yet but fuel economy is expected to be 25 mpg on the highway with a combined 21 mpg. The cost for all this alternative-power techology is $61,385.

The platform- and tech-sharing Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid carries an entry price of $68,675.

Volkswagen hasn't specified an on-sale date for the Touareg yet. All prices (except for the Cayenne) include an $820 destination charge.

Source: Volkswagen

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