VW has unveiled the Tiguan GTE Active concept, which is a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Tiguan.
Last week, VW unveiled the fully-electric Budd-e concept at the Consumer Electronics Show and now VW is continuing with the electrified theme at this week’s Detroit Auto Show. VW has unveiled the Tiguan GTE Active concept, which is a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Tiguan.
The Tiguan GTE Active concept is based on VW’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, which is also the first SUV to use it. The concept can travel up to 20 miles in electric mode with a total driving range of 580 miles. The concept is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engine and two electric motors that generate a combined 211 horsepower. The gasoline engine alone generates 148 horsepower, while an electric motor at the front generates 54 horsepower and an electric motor mounted over the rear axle packs 114 horsepower.
The concept starts in electric mode, with the rear electric motor providing the motivation, but if there is a loss of traction the front wheels will be activated in a fraction of a second. The four-cylinder also drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, when the 12.4 kWh lithium-ion has been drained.
The next-generation Tiguan is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. for the 2017 model year, but VW hasn’t announced when a plug-in hybrid version will be available.