Aside from introducing the conventionally-powered Tiguan, Volkswagen has also revealed a plug-in hybrid concept with the now familiar GTE suffix.
The Tiguan GTE is for now only a concept that marries a 156 PS 1.4 TSI engine with an electric motor and together these two generate a combined output of 218 PS (160 kW). The electric motor has been integrated the six-speed dual-clutch gearbox's housing while the 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack has enough juice for a maximum range of 50 km (31 miles). It can be recharged either externally, but also through the roof-mounted solar panels which under ideal conditions can provide enough energy for up to 1,000 km (621 miles) of driving range annually.
When running in hybrid mode, the Tiguan GTE needs just 1.9 liters / 100 km (124 mpg US or 148.6 mpg UK) with corresponding CO2 emissions of only 42 g/km. Once you hit the GTE button which unlocks all the power, the hybrid crossover will need 8.1 seconds to get from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) and will top out at 124 mph (200 km/h) while in electric mode it will do 81 mph (130 km/h).
There's no word just yet about a production version, but maybe we will find out more about this as the concept will premiere in a few hours at the Frankfurt Motor Show.