The Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept has made it’s debut at the North American International Motor Show and is based on the second generation Tiguan. This plug-in hybrid SUV aims to show the capabilities of this technology, even when off-road in all-electric mode.
This more rugged concept uses a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine which develops 148bhp and is teamed with a pair of electric motors, a 54bhp unit at the front within the gearbox and the other at the rear axle which produces 114bhp. All-in-all, power is at 221bhp and torque at 369lb ft, which should be plenty of grunt when tackling the rough stuff. Depending on the driving mode, power is sent to either the front, rear or all four wheels through a six-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Where the power goes is also automatically monitored by the car, so the front electric motor would be called upon if the driver puts down the accelerator and requires extra power or the car detects a lack of traction. The six driving modes the driver can access include On-road, Off-road, Sport, Snow, Charge and Battery Hold.
Aesthetic changes to the bold SUV are more prominent wheel arches, new bumpers with kick plates front and rear, new 16-inch wheels with all-terrain tyres, a reworked aluminium roof panel and more extrusive door sills. Continuing this style on the inside, the Tiguan GTE Active Concept comes with new off-road style trims and VW’s latest infotainment system, with a 9.2-inch touchscreen display which runs Mirror Link, Apple Car Play and Android Auto and also supports gesture control.
With all three power sources fired up, Volkswagen claim 0-62mph is dealt with in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. VW also claim an all-electric range of up to 20 miles, but is only limited to 70mph in this mode. Altogether, the Tiguan GTE Active will have a combined petrol-electric range of up to 580 miles. On the US test cycle the new concept is also said to achieve an average consumption of 75mpg.