Volkswagen has revealed another GTE concept — the latest addition to the brand's lineup of GTE-branded ideas. The Tiguan Active GTE Concept turns the Tiguan into a rugged-looking off-roader replete with all the beefy cladding that "outdoorsy" vehicles require. Under the bonnet sits a plug-in hybrid system mated with an all-wheel drivetrain.
The Tiguan GTE starts every journey in all-electric E-mode. Normally, drive is transmitted via the rear wheels, but if there is loss of traction, the front wheels are engaged instantaneously. Four-wheel-drive is also activated when the driver selects 4MOTION Active Control or when GTE-mode is selected, for example. The vehicle can travel up to 35km in all-electric mode. The driving range, based on a battery capacity of 12.4 kWh and a 64 litre fuel tank, is 930km.
The Tiguan GTE Active Concept is equipped with a turbocharged petrol engine that produces 110 kW and 250 Nm of torque, mated with a pair of electric motors that produce 40 kW at the front wheels and 80 kW at the rear. The combined system output (165 kW) is delivered to all four wheels by a six-speed DSG transmission; the electric motors can be charged either by plugging the GTE Active Concept into a power socket or by the operation of the petrol engine.
The Tiguan GTE Concept is based on the MQB platform that also underpins the VW Golf and Audi Q3 and A3. Changes on the exterior include a sturdy front skid plate for off-road excursions. The matte aluminium shield is equipped with four solid black polymer protectors — it acts as a guard against contact with stones and bushes and can easily be replaced. The front bumper is also trimmed in an all-terrain element made of "Dark Graphite" durable polymer.
VW has updated its contemporary interior architecture (as seen on the new Passat) with some of the innovative features from the BUDD-e. The main infotainment screen is a tablet-sized touchscreen that supports gesture control. It is also equipped with the latest Smartphone connectivity apps such as Mirror Link, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The instrument cluster is fully digital and can be configured to display up to 10 different types of content on the screen.
The next generation Volkswagen Tiguan is expected to be introduced in South Afrca towards the end of 2016. The execution of the concept is said to very reminiscent of what the production model could look like.