2016 Detroit Auto Show: VW Tiguan GTE Active concept [gallery] image

The German automaker has decided for a worldwide introduction of the Tiguan GTE Active concept during this year’s edition of the North American International Auto Show.

This version of the Tiguan sport utility vehicle is not really deserving of the concept title as it’s more of a prototype in the technical sense – we have a more rugged variant of last year’s Tiguan GTE concept and this update has been delivered to cater for the green and active people. Based on the Euro-spec concept, the Tiguan GTE Active will make use of a plug-in hybrid powertrain mated to the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. We have under the hood a turbocharged gasoline engine with 148 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque that has been mated to a couple of electric motors – 54 hp at the front wheels and another 114 hp delivering power to the rear axle. The combined total is of 221 hp delivered to all four wheels and the Tiguan GTE will run to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.4 seconds on its way to the maximum speed of 120 mph (70 mph in electric mode).

The powertrain also makes use of a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox adapted for hybrid use and with the transmission’s casing housing the front electric motor for better packaging. Range is up to 20 miles (32 km) on electricity alone via the 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Maximum range is of 580 miles (933 km) and the Tiguan GTE concept has selectable driving programs that can enable AWD, FWD and even RWD according to the situation encountered. The Tiguan GTE Active comes packing the company’s upcoming generation of the modular infotainment platform (MIB) with 9.2-inch touchscreen and support for gesture controls and the instrument cluster is all-digital and configurable. The prototype also serves as a preview to the North-American Tiguan – which is different from the Euro-spec version because of a larger wheelbase and seven-seat cabin.