Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept: 5 Things to Know
Fans of few compromises, Volkswagen has a new crossover SUV for you. Meet the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept—a sporty, hybrid SUV with genuine rough-and-tumble looks and true rock-hopping capability. The pumped-up Tiguan has been revealed ahead of its official debut at this week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and it’s already garnering quite a lot of media buzz. Here’s what you need to know. It’s Off-Road Ready Volkswagen’s “extreme off-road” Tiguan boasts a plug-in hybrid system specially designed for tackling the rough stuff, which pairs a turbocharged 148-hp gas engine with two electric motors (front and rear). As is evident by the vehicle’s photos, it’s not just a Tiguan with electric 4MOTION all-wheel drive though. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept
The Volkswagen Tiguan GTE also stands tall atop 9.6 inches of ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, and meaty BFGoodrich off-road tires, which provide a commanding presence. Skid plates adorn the vehicle’s underside from front to back, and the burly roof rack even integrates a duo of LED spotlights. Anyone feeling the wanderlust?
Pretty Sporty Too
As standard, the car zips around in rear wheel drive electric-only mode, but a click of the driving mode button or a stomp of the throttle will awaken the full hybrid drivetrain, which summons 221 horsepower. It’s sporty indeed. Zero to 60 mph happens in 6.4 seconds, served up via a six-speed dual clutch gearbox, and if you keep your foot planted you’ll eventually hit 120 mph.
Off-road capabilities and top speed aside, it’s also pretty frugal. Volkswagen says the concept achieves 20 miles of driving range in electric-only mode, and when running in hybrid mode it can achieve 580 miles of range before requiring a fill-up. In full hybrid mode, the Tiguan’s front motor acts as a generator for its battery packs, tucked in the rear above the axle.
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Despite its rugged exterior, the Tiguan GTE features a rather highly refined interior, complete with two-tone Nappa leather upholstery. Its main attraction however is its new infotainment system, which features a 9.2-inch display and gesture control.
Could Be More Than “Concept”
Volkswagen points out that the GTE Active Concept is based on the second-generation Tiguan crossover, which will make landfall on U.S. shores as a 2017 model and ride atop VW’s newer MQB platform. That’s not nearly enough to say that an off-roady GTE version will be in the pipeline, but considering the popularity of the U.S. crossover market and off-road models like Jeep’s Trailhawks and the new Land Rover Discovery…it’s viability does look promising.
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