Volkswagen shows off

tough new Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept, side
Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept, front
Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept, rear
Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept, cutaway
Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept, interior
Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept, roof lights

A PLUG-IN hybrid version of the new Volkswagen Tiguan has been revealed in concept form with pumped up bodywork emphasising its go-anywhere credentials.

The Tiguan GTE Active Concept had its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Based on the all-new Tiguan SUV which is due for release in the next few months, the petrol-electric hybrid model is said to be capable of up to 75mpg while retaining all of its 4x4 abilities.

It is fitted with a hybrid powertrain similar to the one VW uses in the plug-in Passat GTE but comes with two electric motors, one on each axle.

Combined power output from the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and the electric motors is up to 225ps which VW says makes the Tiguan GTE exceptionally brisk under acceleration achieving 0 to 60mph in 6.4 seconds.

It has a range of up to 20 miles running purely on electricity and can operate as an EV off-road where it is fitted with a variety of computerised traction systems to maximise grip.

Top speed in hybrid mode is 120mph while its EV maximum is 70mph with the Tiguan GTE set up for rear wheel drive in everyday conditions. Overall range is said to be close on 600 miles.

The Active Concept Tiguan shown at Detroit was fitted with raised suspension giving added ground clearance, extra body protection and additional LED lights mounted on the roof.

The interior also included a new 9.2-inch ‘gesture operated' touchscreen and infotainment system which uses smartphone apps and a digital instrument panel with head-up display.

The plug-in hybrid is slated for production in 2017 while the new Tiguan itself, which is significantly bigger than the current model, will be launched in the spring.

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