MUNICH -- Volkswagen AG's starting price in Germany for the hybrid version of its new Touareg will be 73,500 euros (nearly $100,000), a premium of more than 20,000 euros compared with the base price for a non-hybrid variant of the premium SUV.
VW said the Touareg gasoline-electric hybrid, along with V-6 and V-8 diesel-powered models, can be ordered by customers in Germany immediately.
The hybrid Touareg has a 3.3-liter V-6 gasoline engine combined with an electric motor integrated into the front of the transmission housing. The hybrid Touareg can travel short distances at speeds up to 50kph (about 30 mph) in full-electric mode and uses 8.2 liters of fuel per 100km (28.7 U.S. mpg).
The second-generation Touareg, which debuts at the Geneva auto show on March 2, will share hybrid technology with its platform mates, the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. Porsche will sell the Cayenne S Hybrid for 78,636 euros ($106,186) in Germany.
The base Touareg version has a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel and starts at 50,700 euros in Germany.
All Touareg engines are combined with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The second-generation Touareg is 208kg (about 460 pounds) lighter than the current model.
VW says the new Touareg is the brand's most technically innovative model.
The SUV's high-end features include lane assist, which keeps the car from straying outside its lane, and blind-spot warning, which warns when vehicles are approaching from the side when the driver wants to change lanes.
It also has adaptive cruise control with the ability to regulate speed based on the car in front as well as the ability to brake to a complete stop in an emergency if the driver does not react quickly enough.
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