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.