The Volkswagen Tiguan is in its second generation now, but the Tiguan GTE Active Concept lays the groundwork for a plug-in hybrid iteration. Given Volkswagen’s current diesel concerns, the focus on fully electric and plug-in hybrids over the last two weeks is notable.
The primary mode of transport is the all-electric E-mode, making the Tiguan GTE Active Concept a zero emissions vehicle while the gas engine isn’t operating.
Under normal conditions, the rear wheels get all the power, but during traction loss, the front wheels engage nearly instantaneously. The driver engages 4MOTION Active Control on command, which is a first for anything carrying the 4MOTION badge. It’s not all-wheel drive, but on-demand four-wheel drive, allowing for better fuel economy.
The vehicle can cover up to 20 miles in all-electric mode. The driving range, based on a battery capacity of 12.4 kWh and a 16.9-gallon fuel tank, is 580 miles.
The second-generation Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) and shares the same long wheelbase, short overhangs, and exceptional packaging of other vehicles based on this architecture, including the Audi A3, the Audi TT, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan (Europe), the Volkswagen Passat B8, the Volkswagen Touran II (Europe) and the Tiguan.
The Tiguan GTE Active Concept is 176.9 inches long, 74.8 inches wide, 69.5 inches tall, and has a wheelbase of 105.6 inches.
What Is Volkswagen Saying?
From VW’s press release: