In the case of hybrids , Volkswagen affords solely three as of 2015. However that’s about to alter, and the Tiguan GTE concept that may debut on the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show proves it.
The third automobile to obtain Volkswagen’s new GTE badge, the Tiguan can also be the corporate’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. Though only a idea automobile, the Tiguan GTE is most definitely set to develop into a manufacturing model and hit the market someday in 2016, albeit with out the progressive photo voltaic module built-in into the roof.
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan GTE
The GTE Idea might be unveiled alongside the second-technology 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan , which rides on Volkswagen’s MQB platform. Barely greater, however lighter than its predecessor, the brand new Tiguan lends its redesigned exterior and inside to the GTE. The idea does characteristic a couple of styling cues of its personal, however extra about that, in addition to the crossover’s hybrid drivetrain, within the evaluate under.
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Exterior
Much like the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE and 2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE earlier than it, the Tiguan GTE’s design is closely based mostly on the usual mannequin. New for the 2016 mannequin yr, the second-gen Tiguan has been redesigned from the bottom up, featuring a extra aggressive design language with sharper traces. The crossover can also be greater than its predecessor, being 2.4 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider. On the identical time, it’s 1.3 inches decrease, which additionally contributes to its sportier look.
Novelties additionally embrace a slimmer entrance grille that connects with the revised headlamps, a extra aggressive entrance bumper, and a transformed rear fascia that lastly prevents the Tiguan from wanting like a shrunken Touareg.
In relation to distinctive options, the Tiguan GTE acquired the identical remedy because the Passat and Golf GTE. Particularly, the consumption surrounds under the headlamps acquired C-formed LED strips, whereas the usual daytime working lights on the backside have been eliminated altogether. The bumper’s heart-mounted grille can also be differ, now additionally that includes vertical slats on prime of the 2 horizontal bars seen on the usual automobile. A blue “GTE” badge in the primary grille spherical off the idea’s entrance finish.
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Interior
There aren’t any photos of the GTE Concept’s interior as of this writing and Volkswagen had nothing to say about it, nevertheless it also needs to mirror the cabin of the redesigned Tiguan. The crossover has a brand new dashboard with horizontally formed air vents as a substitute of the previous spherical ones, a wider, however cleaner middle stack, and a revised middle console. Each the seats and the door panels are completely different, with the latter that includes bigger storage containers.
Right here’s the place the GTE Idea is radically totally different from some other Tiguan bought till now. Not like the same old gasoline and diesel variations, the crossover combines a turbocharged, 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electrical motor for a system output of 215 horsepower. Mated to a DSG gearbox particularly developed for hybrid use, the 4-banger delivers 154 horses. Energy figures are an identical to the Passat GTE. Though Volkswagen didn’t launch a torque determine for the combo, it’s secure to imagine the entrance wheels get the identical 295 pound-ft of twist because the Passat GTE’s.
|Type||1.4 TSI engine with an electric motor|
|Combined output||214 HP|
|Battery||13 kWh lithium-ion|
|Maximum range||50 km (31 miles)|
|Top Speed||200 km/h (124 mph)|
|0 to 100 km/h||8.1 seconds|
The Tiguan GTE sounds promising on paper, and given the drivetrain is an identical to the Passat GTE, there’s a giant likelihood it gained’t disappoint. Nonetheless, its success is dependent upon the affect it’ll have on the European market and whether or not it’s going to cross the pond to the U.S. Sadly, the modern photo voltaic roof isn’t more likely to develop into a function on the production car, however its spectacular gas financial system and diminished CO2 footprint ought to propel it among the many greatest hybrids available on the market.