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VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept is a sporty off-road hybrid [w/video]

VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept is a sporty off-road hybrid [w/video]

Volkswagen wants to win Americans back in the wake of a diesel emissions scandal that pushed U. S. sales down 4. 8% in 2015 and led to an investigation and civil suit by the Department of Justice. Therefore, it s timely that its latest concept vehicle combines SUVs and off-roading with plug-in hybrid technology. introduced the Tiguan GTE Active Concept on Sunday, a day before the North American International Auto Show opened in Detroit. The five-seat plug-in hybrid car is based on a redeveloped second-generation Tiguan SUV that was revealed at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2015. The Tiguan SUV, which will hit the U. S. market in 2017, is bigger than the original concept with a longer wheelbase and room to seat seven people. WATCH IT : A week before Detroit, it was all about cars at CES
The Tiguan GTE Active concept car has two electric motors and a gasoline engine. The vehicle can cover up to 20 miles in all-electric mode, says the company. The driving range, based on a battery capacity of 12. 4 kilowatt hours and a 16. 9-gallon fuel tank, is 580 miles. The concept aims to show the potential of plug-in hybrid systems, says VW. In this case, it s to show how the vehicle can tear it up on some desert 4X4 trail. To be clear, this concept was likely under development long before the diesel emissions scandal erupted in September 2015. SIGN UP :, Fortunes daily newsletter about the business of technology. The designers and engineers who worked on the concept car wanted to make sure the extreme off-roading message was heard, so they set the ground clearance under the axles to 8. 9 inches and the maximum ground clearance under the body to 9. 6 inches. The maximum ramp angle for overcoming road bumps grew from 20 in the production-ready Tiguan SUV to 24. 7 degrees in the concept.

A front skid plate was added to make it clear that the concept is designed for off-road excursions, VW says. The concept is also equipped with an infotainment system, which is displayed on a 9. 2-inch high-resolution touchscreen. The functions can be controlled by hand gestures. Typically, these kinds of vehicles are meant to express where a company is headed and what technology or concepts might show up in later production models. Whether or not the Tiguan GTE Active concept is produced, it s clear Volkswagen intends to pepper the U. S. market with plug-in hybrids and SUVs. With diesels in the rearview mirror, Volkswagen is pursuing an electric future. At this week's Detroit Auto Show, VW is showing a kind of plug-in hybrid we haven't seen before: an off-road oriented crossover. The Tiguan GTE Active concept is based on the. The powertrain consists of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 148-horsepower and 184-pound-feet of torque, a 54-horsepower front electric motor,В a 114-horsepower rear electric motor, a 12. 4 kWh lithium-ion battery, and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Total system output is 221 horsepower, and total driving range is 580 miles. The front motor is located within the transmission. MUST SEE: Volkswagen says the vehicle can be powered by the front, rear, or all four wheels. When the engine provides the power alone, it drives the front wheels. The Tiguan GTE Active has three drive modes: E, GTE, and Hybrid. The E mode is for electric driving, and is the default mode upon startup. The top speed is 70 mph in this mode, and the Tiguan GTE Active can drive 20 miles on electricity only. The GTE mode is for sporty driving.

The transmission, throttle, engine, and steering programming are more aggressive. The vehicle uses its full 221 horsepower when GTE mode is activated and is capable of a 6. 4-second 0 to 60 mph time and a top speed of 120 mph. The driver can choose from several driving programs for the 4Motion Active Control all-wheel-drive system: On road (Comfort and Eco), Offroad (Rocks, Sludge and Sand, and Gravel), Sport, Snow, Charge, and Battery Hold. DON'T MISS: The Tiguan GTE Active is based on VW's front-wheel-drive-based MQB platform that underpins the Golf compact car, among others. However, changes have been made to enable off-road capability. The approach, departure, and breakover angles are improved, and ground clearance increases from 7. 1 to 8. 9 inches. VW has also added a front skid plate, covered the bumpers in a durable polymer, added tow hooks to both bumpers, installed a pair of LED auxiliary spotlights, and outfitted the roof with high-strength cross rails. Aggressive off-road 16-inch tires provide grip on slippery surfaces. Inside, the five-passenger concept has VW's next generation infotainment system, which features a 9. 2-inch touchscreen, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, and access to other apps through Car-Net App-Connect. It also responds to gesture control commands. All of the controls on the center stack are touch sliders, which is not a good idea. Volkswagen is yet to show the version of the Tiguan that the United States will get, but says it will be available in 2017 and be offered with a longer wheelbase and a seven-passenger variant. We suspect that the plug-in hybrid technology in the Tiguan GTE Active concept will make it to the production version, as well as several other VW vehicles.

The off-road features probably won't be offered for this family hauler. For more Detroit Auto Show coverage, head to. _______________________________________ Follow Motor Authority on and. Volkswagen wants goers to momentarily forget about its ongoing diesel scandal and focus on its hybrid future with the new Tiguan GTE Active Concept. In VW s own words, it s an extreme off-road version of the sportier we saw at last year s Frankfurt Motor Show. As such, it s based on the, and not the North American model that will come to the U. S. in 2017 with a longer wheelbase and available seven-seat functionality. Compared to the Tiguan GTE study, the Active model sports bigger wheels shod in off-road tires, increased ground clearance, added body cladding all around, skid plates, auxiliary spotlights on the roof, and the German brand s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. It has a plug-in hybrid system that combines a 1. 4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine making 148hp and 184 lb-ft with two electric motors generating 54hp at the front wheels and 114hp at the rear, for a total system output of 221hp. The car starts in all-electric E-Mode via the rear electric motor, but when there is loss of traction, the front wheels are engaged within fractions of a second. All-wheel-drive can also be activated manually or when GTE-mode is selected. The TSI gasoline unit drives the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. VW says that the vehicle can cover up to 20 miles (32 km) in all-electric mode, while the driving range, based on a battery capacity of 12. 4 kWh and a 16. 9-gallon fuel tank, is 580 miles or 933 km. In E-mode, the Tiguan PHEV has a top speed of 70 mph or 113 km/h.

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