Volkswagen has made the big reveal of the first pedigreed R version of the Touareg luxury SUV and keeping in mind that it’s not in the same association, yield-wise, as those kindred German overwhelming hitters from the AMG, M and RS stables, the new Touaureg has an upper turn in the electrification race.

There’s another new leading Volkswagen Touareg module-electric (PHEV) derivative set to premiere in Geneva one month from now, however Australian devotees should go to Europe in the event that they desire one.

On account of the 14.1 kWh battery that is incorporated with the boot floor the Touareg R can likewise drive on electric power just at up to 140km/h if it’s been charged. VW presently can’t seem to mention precisely how much separation it will cover between charges, yet states that the vehicle will cover “commonplace commute distances” without depending on petrol propulsion. While Volkswagen has not offered either full electric range or combined-cycle fuel use figures yet, the company claims that the battery limit is planned with the goal that the Touareg R can cover the average day by day commute under electric power.

The Touareg R likewise has highway driving assist features, for example, dynamic cruise control and lane keeping assist that work up to 250km/h, for Autobahns. Also, it’s fitted as standard with Matrix LED headlights. It likewise comes with Night Vision, which identifies individuals and animals in the dark utilizing a thermal imaging camera. Apart from the EV mode that the vehicle defaults to when the battery is adequately charged, drivers can likewise pick Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual driving modes.

The Touareg R sits comfortably on 20-inch Braga alloy wheels which come as a standard with a ‘R’ design bundle that incorporates model-explicit bumpers just as dark coloring for the grille, window strips and mirror lodgings.

The Touareg R is intimately related to the Audi Q7 60 TFSI e, and appears to utilize the same electric architecture as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid V8. This comes as no surprise seeing as each of the three share the same VW Group architecture.

In spite of the fact that it will without a doubt be the most ‘captivating’ model in the range for those that appreciate driving, the Touareg R is additionally accessible with some propelled driver help gizmos for those events when the driver needs to hand over some control.

By Noni Nchwe