Volkswagen didn’t bother to hide this prototype. It’s perhaps because the SUV has been revealed already or they simply think that we would not see the difference between the regular and electrified version of the SUV. Yes, you are looking the 2019 VW Tiguan Plug-In Hybrid for the first time. The prototype has been spied on cold weather in Sweden while it was checking out its snow abilities.
It appears that the crossover can handle the cold weather without any problems. The exterior styling seems pretty much unchanged at the first glance. However, when we’ve checked again, we’ve realized that the PHEV shares most of the details with the Tiguan GTE concept from 2015. The SUV hosts exactly the same headlights and LED, as well as the identical grille and front bumper. Basically, we just managed to notice a bit smaller wheels, while everything else seems the same.
Even though Volkswagen don’t want to confirm we are pretty aware what’s going to be under the hood. Yes, the 2019 VW Tiguan Plug-In Hybrid will share its powertrain with the aforementioned concept. The drivetrain will combine a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a single electric motor. Altogether, the system will pumps out somewhere around 220 horsepower. The crossover should offer a respectable driving experience without any help from the engine. Moreover, the latest reports suggest that the electric-only range should be at least 31 miles.
There is one another theory regarding the powertrain of the 2019 Tiguan Plug-In Hybrid. According to Motortrend, the SUV is going to use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of twist and an electric motor. The 114-hp strong electric part of the system will reportedly be hooked up to the rear axle and will improve the output for exactly 54 hp. The system promises just 20 miles of electric driving range.
In case you want our opinion, well, we think that the carmaker is going to use the first option. In any case, everything will be clearer in the coming month, because the 2019 VW Tiguan Plug-In Hybrid is going to be introduced at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. The interesting option is not going to be offered in North America anytime soon.