While VW continues to search for a fix for its diesel-powered vehicles, the automaker could use a new fleet of electric vehicles to smooth things over with green vehicle buyers. Currently VW's only plug-in vehicle in the U.S. is the e-Golf, but this week at the Detroit Auto Show, the automaker is previewing a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Tiguan SUV with the Tiguan GTE Active concept.
Debuting at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the Tiguan GTE Active concept is based on VW’s new Modular Transverse Matrix platform. On the outside, the car looks almost identical to the next-generation Tiguan, which features a more rugged exterior than the current model. Under the skin, the concept is powered by a turbocharged 148-hp 1.4L gasoline engine that is mated to two electric motors. The front electric motor adds 54 horsepower, while the rear one generates 114 horsepower. Together the two electric motors and four-cylinder engine generate 221 horsepower.
Right from the start, the Tiguan GTE Active concept drives in fully electric mode and thanks to its 12.4 kWh, the concept can travel up to 20 miles before the gas engine kicks on. Depending on the driving mode, the Tiguan GTE Active Concept can be driven by the front, rear, or by all four wheels for a total driving range of 580 miles. There are also a total six driving modes: On road, Off-road, Sport, Snow, Charge and Battery Hold.
VW hasn’t announced when the Tiguan plug-in hybrid will enter production, but the all-new Tiguan will be introduced in the U.S. for the 2017 model year.