Detroit: Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept

Detroit: Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept

Volkswagen has revealed its Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active concept ahead of its official debut this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

This plug-in hybrid concept is based on the second-generation VW Tiguan crossover–the first in the company’s stable to ride on the VW Group Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform.

The hybrid system is made up of a turbocharged TSI gasoline engine and two electric motors. The gas engine produces 148 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. One electric motor, making 54 horsepower, is mounted in the front. The second, which produces a healthier 114 horsepower, is mounted in the rear. Combined, they produce 221 total system horsepower.

The 4Matic all-wheel-drive system allows power to reach the ground via the front, rear, or all four wheels depending on conditions. In “E-mode”, the Active concept has a 20-mile range and a top speed of 70 miles per hour, though we’re certain that extensive exploration of the latter will impact the former. Add in the gasoline component of the hybrid system, and the car’s total range expands to 580 miles.

Like Toyota‘s AWD-i system, this 4Matic implementation does not employ a physical connection between the front and rear axles. The electric motor in the rear powers those wheels exclusively. When the battery’s state of charge falls below the threshold necessary to maintain power output from the rear electric motors, the gasoline engine is called upon to replenish it.

Since even compact SUV owners sometimes expect some off-road capability, Volkswagen decided to embrace that side of the GTE Active’s personality. The company fitted the car with a heavy-duty suspension, which increased the ground clearance under the axles and improved the approach and departure angles to 26.1° and 29.9°, respectively.

Volkswagen showed a little exterior flair with the Tiguan GTE Active concept, equipping it with skid plates in the front and rear to protect the powertrain, aluminum hood rails, a “dark graphite” polymer front bumper cover and standard LED lighting elements.

Since the GTE Active concept is built on the MQB platform, it ditches the current Tiguan’s somewhat underachieving dimensions. It’s 2.5 inches longer overall and boasts a three-inch longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, which should have a significant impact on legroom and cargo space.

The concept also shows off VW’s new MIB infotainment suite with gesture control, as highlighted in the e-Golf Touch concept that was shown at CES earlier this year.

Elsewhere in the interior, you’ll find tasteful use of brushed aluminum trim, dark chrome accessory accents and subtle “Dragon Red” pieces that match the concept’s exterior color.

Stay tuned for live images later in the week after the Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active concept is formally revealed.

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