The electrified Volkswagen Touareg R range-topper has copped another delay.
“We are awaiting sufficient production slots at the moment, so it is 2023 – exact timing TBC,” said a spokesperson for Volkswagen Australia.
“We may end up waiting for the updated version, as it would make more sense rather than await a smaller number of pre-update models.”
Inside, changes could include updates for the 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
While the VW spokesperson says a 2023 Touareg R launch remains the plan, there is likely a chance this updated model may not make it to Australia until 2024.
Volkswagen has confirmed it will be the only plug-in hybrid it will launch over the next 18 months, with PHEV versions of the Golf and Tiguan not set to come here until the second half of 2024 at the earliest.
Volkswagen Australia secured more than 1000 diesel Touaregs for the second half of 2022, having “negotiated a prioritisation of Touareg volume”. It says supply of the large SUV will be strong in 2023.
The current, third-generation Touareg was revealed in 2018, with the plug-in hybrid R flagship revealed in 2020.
The Touareg R uses a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with 250kW of power and 400Nm of torque, combined with a 100kW/400Nm electric motor, an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
Total system outputs are 340kW and 700Nm, with a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed in electric mode of 135km/h.
Volkswagen claims an electric-only range of 47km on the WLTP cycle, as well as combined-cycle fuel economy of 2.7L/100km and energy consumption of 24.4kWh/100km.
It also maintains a 3500kg braked towing capacity.
The 14.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack can be charged in 2.5 hours using a 7.2kW home wall box.
It’s unclear what the Touareg R will be priced at, though the range currently tops out at $116,290 before on-road costs for the 210TDI R-Line. Expect a price tag north of that figure.
Porsche also offers E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid PHEV versions of its Cayenne, a cousin to the Touareg, with prices ranging from $152,500 to $312,700 before on-roads.
When it arrives, the Touareg R will join the Golf R, Tiguan R, and T-Roc R in the Volkswagen Australia stable.
It’s meant to serve as a halo car for Volkswagen, taking on the aforementioned X5 and Q7 in the process. It shares its platform with the latter, though like all Touaregs it has only two rows of seating.
It’ll be the brand’s first plug-in hybrid in Australia, though it won’t be the first PHEV from the wider Volkswagen Group.