The new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan was introduced at the last Frankfurt Auto Show, and back then the SUV was unveiled with a plug-in hybrid variant too, but the electric model was never confirmed for production. Today, the 2016 Detroit Auto Show was the host of something similar, which is introduced as the 2017 VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept. This time we really hope that the concept could enter into production, because this way, you will be able to get both electric, eco-friendly crossover, and again a true off-roader.
2017 VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept: Powertrain Specs
Essentially, the 2017 VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept is based on the new generation Tiguan, so the exterior design and Volkswagen’s new MQB platform stay rather unchanged. On the other hand, the electric compact crossover concept gets an all new powertrain that combines a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which delivers 148-horsepower and 184 lb-ft of twist, a front axle electric motor with 54 hp and a rear electric motor that produces 114 horses. The electric motors are mated to a 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, while the front motor is placed within a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Jointly, the drivetrain setup produces 221 horsepower and total driving range of around 580 miles.
2017 VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept: Driving Modes and Performance
The 2017 VW Tiguan GTE Active will offer three driving modes: E, GTE and Hybrid. The E is default mode, and it is actually for electric driving. It can cross around 20 miles on electricity only, while the top speed reaches 70 mph. On the other hand, the GTE mode is for sporty driving, and this way the SUV uses its full potential or more precisely, it uses all 221 horsepower. With GTE mode on, the vehicle delivers respectable numbers, which are about 6.4-seconds of 0-60 sprint and a top speed of 120 mph. In hybrid mode, the front el. motor works as a generator for the rear motor. In addition to the modes, the vehicle also offers several driving programs, so the 4Motion Active Control system can work like On road (Comfort and Eco), Offroad (Rocks, Sludge and Sand, and Gravel), Sport, Snow, Charge, and Battery Hold.
The carmaker didn’t say anything about possible production version, but we really expect to see the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan GTE in the production form. This off-road electric SUV could be true refreshment, and we are convinced that this will be interesting vehicle for the drivers.