Auto Show to Display Volkswagen’s Tiguan GTE Active Concept
The 2016 North American International Auto Show going to be held in Detroit this week will put on display Volkswagen’s Tiguan GTE Active Concept. This plug-in hybrid has been developed along the lines of the all-new Tiguan that is slated to be launched in the United States in 2017. The concept SUV is an all-wheel-drive crossover that is equipped with two electric motors and a gasoline engine, along with the capability of going off-road.
In case Volkswagen starts manufacturing the Tiguan GTE, it will be a third addition to its range of clean vehicles after the e-Golf and Jetta Hybrid. The turbocharged TSI four cylinder of the SUV is capable of generating 148 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The electric motors of the vehicle will generate 114 horsepower at the rear wheels and 54 horsepower at the front, with the energy collectively equal to 221 German horses. The Tiguan GTE has been made to achieve a speed of 60 miles per hour (mph) within first 6.4 seconds, with a maximum speed of 120 mph. The crossover is fitted with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission that justifies this speed.
The sample model, which will be developed on the lines of the automaker’s Modular Transverse Matrix platform, will have a 105.6-inch long wheelbase. The use of the gasoline engine and electric motors depend on how much the battery is charged. If battery is not charge as per the recommended level, the gasoline engine will automatically start, while the front electric motor becomes the rear electric motor’s generator.
The batteries have a combined capacity of 12.4kWh and the fuel tank can hold up to 16.9 gallon of fuel. With these features the SUV’s range is likely to hit 580 miles. Safety measures equipped in the SUV are front assist with autonomous emergency brake, automatic post-collision brake and pedestrian monitoring, along with lane assist.
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