VW Introduces the Tiguan GTE Active Concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

I’m sure I’ll say this again (and again): VW’s massive screw up with diesel opened the door unnaturally wide for hybrid and electric cars.  I’m sure Elon Musk, the Volt team at GM, and the engineers in Toyota’s Prius program all did little dances of joy as the disaster unfolded.  What made it worse for VW is that hybrid GTE technology was top-notch and the company had a plan to roll it out across all models.

So when VW introduced the new Tiguan GTE Active Concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show (or NAIAS), I’m sure some thought it was a brazen attempt at currying favor with the people and the press.

Sorry kids.  The plan was already in motion.

And in motion it is.  Take a look at this concept car; likely to go into production soon:



Here’s some more on the Tiguan GTE, as artfully stated by VW:

The five-seater concept car is based on the completely redesigned second-generation of the Tiguan. The all-wheel plug-in hybrid system of the Tiguan GTE Active Concept – with its turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine (110 kW / 150 PS/147 HP) and one electric motor at the front axle (40 kW / 54 PS/53 HP) and one at the rear axle (85 kW / 115 PS/154 HP) – reflects the broad range of technical capabilities of the new generation of SUV’s. The newly developed infotainment system that features a 9.2-inch touchscreen with high-quality glass surface and gesture control is the first infotainment system without any conventional rotary knobs or hard keys. An authentic off-road look with solid aluminum underbody protection and extra ground clearance round out the confident look of the Tiguan GTE Active Concept.

 

The 4Motion (all-wheel-drive) Tiguan GTE Active Concept should go 20 miles on battery power alone.  With a full charge and tank of gasoline, VW estimates the vehicle will have a range of 580 miles.  That’s about the distance from Chicago to Washington, D.C..  Not shabby.

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