2016 NAIAS: Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept Features
At the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen debuted the Tiguan GTE Active Concept. It features an efficient plug-in hybrid system that uses two electric motors and a gasoline engine, which can supply all four wheels with power, either automatically or at the push of a button. Demonstrating the potential of plug-in hybrid systems, the Tiguan Active Concept includes all-wheel-drive technology that offers supreme off-road performance, even in all-electric mode.
Under the hood of the Tiguan GTE Active Concept is a turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine that produces 148 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to two electric motors. The total system power of 221 hp can supply all four wheels with propulsive force under off-road conditions and the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system also boosts traction and contributes to active safety on normal pavement.
Designed for Off-Road Use
The concept vehicle is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) and shares the same long wheelbase, short overhangs and exceptional packaging of other vehicles based on this architecture. Its sturdy front skid plate makes it clear that it is designed for off-road excursions. The matte aluminum shield is equipped with four solid black polymer protectors which guard against contact with stones and bushes and can be easily replaced after an extreme trip through the outback. The front bumper is also trimmed in an all-terrain element made of “Dark Graphite” durable polymer.
The interior of the Tiguan GTE Active Concept complements its all-terrain exterior quite well. For instance, the trim strips of brushed, dark aluminum that wrap around the instrument panel and door trim panels match the materials used for the front and rear underbody guards and for the roof components. Also, dark chrome accents on the steering wheel create a connection to the exterior design.
The Tiguan GTE Active Concept features the top level next-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB). Notable features include a large 9.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen, gesture control functionality and the ability to fill it with ten different types of content, such as Media (including song/album cover information) or Phone (including an image of the person to whom you are talking). Be sure to follow us on the Capistrano Volkswagen Blog for all the latest news and information on Volkswagen models.