In a press release about Volkswagen's new BlueMotion Technologies the company announced that it would be showing a Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid prototype. VW will follow up the concept with a production model. When it enters production 2010 it will be the world's first hybrid SUV to have 3.5 metric ton (about 7,700lbs) towing capacity.
Power for the ute will come from a new 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 similar to the one launching in the 2010 Audi S4 and A6. In the Touareg it will make 245 hp. The V-6 will be joined by a 51 hp electric motor located between the eight-speed transmission and the engine. Power to the electric motor will come from a high voltage battery located behind the rear axel.
When the most power is needed, the hybrid features a boost mode that employs both the electric motor and the engine to deliver as much as 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. On the other hand, for more efficient driving, the electric motor will be capable of propelling the Touareg emission-free at speeds up to 31 mph. It will also utilize regenerative braking and auto start/stop technologies to stay frugal on fuel. VW estimates the hybrid will obtain about 26 mpg.
The new hybrid powertrain could very well be shared with the Audi Q5 hybrid that is rumored to go on sale in the U.S. in late 2010. VW hasn't said where and when the Touareg V6 TSI hybrid will debut, but we imagine it will appear at the Geneva Motor Show in March.