Coming to Frankfurt in 2015: The VW Tiguan GTE Plug-in Hybrid Concept

“We are in the process of reinventing Europe’s largest automaker, laying the technological, economic and structural foundations.” The Group Chairman announced there would be 20 more electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020 – from compact cars to the next Phaeton and Audi A8: “No commitment to electro-mobility can be any clearer than that.” He said the Group already had the broadest electric fleet in the automobile world, and added that Volkswagen was also at the forefront when it came to the future-oriented field of digitization: “Our Group already has the largest connected vehicle fleet on the road. By 2020 we will have transformed all of our new cars into smartphones on wheels.”

 

When Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Group Chairman of Volkswagen AG says these things, you can bet the long- and mid-range plans are in place to make it happen.  The new VW Tiguan GTE is an example of the company’s newfound fascination with electric.  From the Q7 eTron Quattro, to the Porsche Mission E, and with the new Tiguan GTE, Volkswagen is walking the talk.

Now the video above is of the Tiguan R-Line, likely aspirin to be the Golf GTI for the small SUV crowd.  Here’s pix of the GTE, with Dr. Winterkorn:

VW Tiguan GTE Concept. Image courtesy of VW Global Media.
VW Tiguan GTE Concept. Image courtesy of VW Global Media.

 

Like other marques, the Tiguan GTE sits on VWs new MQB (modular transverse matrix) framework.  A common, modular frame makes it easier to mass produce a range of cars.  As the cars get larger, add a module.  In the case of the Tiguan GTE, VW claims the new platform makes for a tighter, more sportier ride (read harder).  Its also 50kg lighter–always good for performance.  MQB also expands the SUVs cargo are to 1,655 liters (58 cubic feet) from 1,510 liters (53 cubic feet).

Although there are no official fuel consumption figures for the Tiguan GTE, look for them to be in proportion with existing GTE models and concepts.

 

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