Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept

Jan 12, 2017

Category: Rides

Looks like some more good news out of Detroit from the German automaker. Volkswagen just unveiled the GTE Active concept version of their Tiguan sport utility vehicle. It’s an all-wheel-drive vehicle meeting the needs of the future as a zero-emissions SUV when operating in electric mode, but also boasts the power to hit the outdoors and meet our needs for a dependable off-road capable vehicle.

In short, the five-seater is the all-wheel hybrid featuring a turbocharged direct-injection engine along with an electric motor at both the front and rear axle of the SUV for a combined 224 horsepower. Under normal driving conditions, the Tiguan is powered by the rear electric motor, however, when traction loss is detected or one of the all-wheel/off-road programs are engaged the front axle motor too in engaged within a matter of seconds. The SUV also boasts a total range of 580 miles on a full battery and tank and is raised close to two inches more than the regular Tiguan.

The GTE also hosts a multi-purpose roof rack, tow hooks, a skid plate, and 16-inch knobby tires for a complete off-road experience. Additionally, inside the ride is a modern infotainment system featuring a 9.2-inch touchscreen boasting gesture control technology which eliminates the need to any hard keys or rotary knobs. Clearly a step in the right direction for Volkswagen. More information is available through their website.

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