VW Tiguan GTE Concept-04

You’ve seen the new VW Tiguan earlier, now check out the second-gen SUV’s plug-in hybrid sister, which is only a concept in name. The Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Concept is the first plug-in hybrid SUV from VW.

The drivetrain consists of a 1.4 TSI engine with 156 PS and an electric motor, supplied by externally chargeable 13.0 kWh lithium-ion batteries. It’s mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox specially developed for hybrid use. The electric motor is integrated into the gearbox housing. Additional components of the hybrid drive include the power electronics (DC to AC) and a charger.

With system power of 218 PS, the GTE is able to cover up to 50 km in the all-electric E-Mode. Average combined fuel consumption is a mere 1.9 litres per 100 km, with low CO2 emissions of 42 g/km. There’s also a world’s first roof solar module which, under ideal conditions, adds up to 1,000 km of driving range per year (Germany 500 km, sunnier Southern Europe 800 to 1,000 km), VW says. Just imagine it in Malaysia…

VW Tiguan GTE Concept-02

E-Mode aside, the Tiguan can be driven in Hybrid, Battery Charge or GTE modes. The car drives off in E-Mode when started (top speed of 130 km/h), but when a minimum charge level of the battery has been reached or when there is very high demand for power, it switches over to Hybrid mode.

Here, it behaves like a regular full hybrid car that uses the TSI and/or electric motor according to the situation. The driver can switch to E-Mode by pressing a button.

Wolfsburg says that GTE mode “activates a very agile side of the car”. The characteristics of the accelerator pedal, gearbox and steering are made more dynamic, and the tuning of the TSI is more performance oriented. In addition, both powerplants work together in what is known as “boosting” for full system power and max torque. 0-100 km/h is done in 8.1 seconds and top speed is 200 km/h.

Second-gen Volkswagen Tiguan