2022 Volkswagen Touareg R hybrid confirmed for Australia


Volkswagen has locked in its first plug-in hybrid vehicle in Australia: the 340kW Touareg R performance SUV, due in showrooms late next year.

The 2023 Volkswagen Touareg R plug-in hybrid SUV will launch in Australia towards the end of 2022, the company has confirmed.

After initially being ruled out, the new Touareg R will instead be the first plug-in hybrid Volkswagen to be sold in Australia.

The flagship Touareg R will become the fifth Volkswagen R performance model, following the Golf R hot hatch, Golf R wagon and Tiguan R mid-size SUV due in showrooms around March 2022, and the T-Roc R performance small SUV between July and September 2022.

More details regarding the new 2022 Volkswagen R line-up (including the Touareg) will be announced next month.

Unveiled in February 2020, the Touareg R is powered by a 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol V6, mated to 100kW electric motor for combined outputs of 340kW and 700Nm – ahead on power but behind on torque versus the outgoing diesel Touareg V8’s 310kW/900Nm.

Sending drive to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, Volkswagen claims a 5.1-second 0-100km/h sprint time.

A 14.3kWh lithium-ion battery enables a 47km electric range according to Europe’s WLTP (real world) test cycle, with a full charge completed in 2.5 hours on a 7.2kW AC home wallbox.

Price will be confirmed closer to the Touareg R’s Australian launch, however it will likely be similar to the Touareg V8’s sticker of $136,490 before on-road costs.

“The Touareg R was not destined for Australia because Volkswagen PHEVs and EVs are naturally prioritised for markets with emissions targets [such as Europe]. Meanwhile the Touareg V8 was discontinued having rapidly sold through its local allocation,” said Ralph Beckmann, General Manager of Passenger Vehicle Marketing at Volkswagen Australia.

“The Aussie appetite for the biggest and best Volkswagens combined with the overdue recognition on the part of government that Australians deserve the best quality petrol, and the progressive policies of NSW, all helped make the business case.”

Volkswagen’s range of ID electric vehicles remain further away from Australia, as do more VW-badged hybrid models based on small cars.

“We can’t at this point say that the Touareg R indicates that more affordable Volkswagen hybrids are coming to Australia … [but] we can say that despite formidable obstacles, we’re doing all that can be done to secure for Australian customers the same choices enjoyed by those elsewhere in the world,” Beckman added.

Stay tuned to Drive for full details on the 2023 Volkswagen Touareg R – and the wider 2022 Volkswagen R range – as more news is confirmed next month, and its launch approaches next year.