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Volkswagen Touareg R 2024: pricing confirmed for hot plug-in hybrid SUV

Olek Novak

Most powerful production Volkswagen ever will land alongside the MY24 Touareg facelift in March next year

After first reporting its confirmation for Australian release over two years ago, the long-awaited plug-in hybrid R version of Volkswagen’s Touareg will launch locally in conjunction with the rest of facelifted large SUV range in March or April 2024.

Volkswagen Australia has revealed that the first-ever plug-in hybrid model to be offered locally will be priced from $129,990 before options and on-road costs. 

Touted to become the most powerful production Volkswagen ever according to its importer, the R – also dubbed ‘R eHybrid’ in some official literature – outputs 340kW and 700Nm from a powertrain system that combines a 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol V6 with a 100kW and 400Nm electric motor.

Volkswagen has confirmed the Touareg R will be priced from $129,990 before on road costs

As reported prior, the facelifted version of Touareg R is claimed to offer 5.1-second 0-100km/h performance. 

By way of its 14.3kWh battery, the performance SUV is claimed to offer up to 52 kilometres of all-electric range, while combined fuel consumption is currently rated at 3.3L/100kms, though both of these figures are European WLTP and could vary somewhat with Australian homologation.  

Australian specifications confirmed

The Touareg R lands in Australia with a single powertrain specification that backs the hybrid system with an eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive.

The Touareg R will be available in Australia with a single powertrain specification

Volkswagen Australia has also revealed a number of the key highlight features of the Australian specification Touareg R, which include:

  • 22-inch Estoril wheels
  • Air suspension
  • Signature Lapiz Blue metallic paintwork option
  • Black exterior highlights and exhaust tips
  • Blue ‘R logo’ brakes
  • R logo puddle lights
  • Power latching doors
  • Electric tailgate
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • R-specific interior wheel
  • Pantera Black Puglia leather sports seats
  • 12-inch digital cockpit with Night Vision
  • 15-inch Discover Premium multimedia 
  • Dynaudio sound system
  • Wireless App-Connect
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • Head-up display
  • Inductive charging
  • Four-zone climate control
  • Front and outboard rear seat heating
  • Brushed dark aluminium decor

The R version also sports other updates shared with other Touareg facelift variants, including a fresh front end with a more hexagonal grille treatment, larger lower intakes, a continuous light strip, ID-esque horizontal tail light signature and illuminated VW badging.

The Touareg R also sports visual tweaks as part of its facelift including a more hexagonal grille treatment

The upcoming Touareg also debuts Volkswagen-first IQ Light HD LED Matrix headlights that can ostensibly project a ‘carpet’ of light ahead of the vehicle.     

Volkswagen Australia trusts that the Touareg R will be hot property once it arrives around March/April 2024 in a market that ranks number one globally for R (and Amarok) volume sales. 

Volkswagen Touareg R: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Touareg R: $129,990