VW Shows Off the Tiguan GTE Active Concept in Detroit

Posted by: Lydia Siu onJanuary 11th, 2016


Although a little late to the game, Volkwagen’s concept Tiguan GTE Active is packing quite the punch as it debuts at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The concept SUV is Volkswagens vision on how their brand will be reinventing their SUV lineup which currently only consists of the Tiguan and the Toureag. The Tiguan GTE Active borrows its underpinnings from the all new Tiguan which is set to arrive in the US in 2017.

The Tiguan GTE Active Concept aims at amping up the traditional SUV platform by taking a road worthy and somewhat offroad capable vehicle to full on offroad status. Volkswagen plans to offer the vehicle as a plug-in hybrid, with two electric motors (one for each axle) and a gasoline engine. I’m sure VW’s aim to enter another of their clean technology lineup will be a breath of fresh air for consumers. The Tiguan GTE Vision Concept, if produced, will compliment VWs current e-Golf and Jetta Hybrid.

The gas powered engine in the Tiguan GTE is rumored to be a turbocharged TSI four cylinder producing 148 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. The electric motors are estimated to produce 54 hp at the front axle and 114hp at the rear axle for a total system output of 221hp and power being put to the ground via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Ground clearance has been substantially increased to 8.9 inches from the standard Tiguan, and additional suspension geometry tweaking were done to allow for the GTE Vision Concept’s off road excursions. The GTE Vision Concept will also come with other off-road features such as front and rear skid plates for added under belly protection, front and rear tow hooks to get you out of a rut, and 16 inch wheels with beefy BF Goodrich tires.

Official production of the GTE Vision Concept is yet to be determined, but we are hoping that some of the features from this concept creeps it way into the production version.

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