Volkswagen has apparently decided it's about time to install its latest and most powerful CNG (compressed natural gas) bifuel powertrain under the hood of the Touran, a compact MPV, as well as the Cross Touran (pictured above). The 1.4-liter TSI EcoFuel powerplant has an output of 150 horsepower and fuel consumption of 5.2l/100km (45 mpg U.S.) when running on gasoline. Driven with natural gas, the Touran uses 4.7 kg/100 km, earning a respectable 126 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Running exclusively on the 18 kilograms of natural gas stored in four separate tanks, the Touran's range is 370 kilometers (240 miles), but the car also comes equipped with an additional 11-liter gasoline tank, which allows a total range of 520 kilometers. Thanks to its turbocharged and direct-injected 1.4L engine, the minivan goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 10.1 seconds.

[Source: Auto-News.de]

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