Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen | posted September 15, 2015 15:57
Plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Tiguan GTE concept goes official in Frankfurt
The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan may soon be available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) as the automaker presented the Tiguan GTE concept at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.
Touted by the company as a demonstrator for the Tiguan's future directions, the plug-in hybrid SUV also benefits from roof-mounted solar panels which according to Volkswagen, allows the Tiguan GTE to have an estimated maximum range of up to 1,000km.
In terms of design, the GTE concept carries over the styling cues of recently revealed 2016 Tiguan and is only differentiated by the GTE badging at the rear.
The hybrid powertrain of the PHEV concept consists of a 156 PS 1.4-liter TSI engine and an electric motor. Combined, the SUV has a total output of 218 PS. All of that power is then transferred to a 6-speed dual clutch which also houses the 13 kWh lithium ion battery pack.
Being a PHEV, Volkswagen adds that it also has an all-electric range of 50km along with a top speed of 130 km/h.
In hybrid mode, Volkswagen claimed that it has an average fuel consumption of 52.6 km/l along with a CO2 emission of only 42 g/km. A nifty feature on the plug-in hybrid SUV is the GTE mode which acts as the E-Boost function of the Tiguan. With it, the hybrid SUV is capable of going from 0 – 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 200 km/h.
Volkswagen has not yet announced if there is a production version of the Tiguan GTE in the works.