Volkswagen has shown a handful of Tiguan GTE concepts over the years and it appears the model is finally headed for production.
While the crossover isn’t as sporty or as rugged as the original concepts, the production model bears a striking resemblance to the Tiguan R-Line. However, there are handful of unique touches which separate the GTE from the mainstream model.
The most noticeable change is the addition of C-shaped LED daylight running lights which have become a hallmark of Volkswagen models with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. These unique lights have previously shown up on the Golf GTE and Passat GTE.
Besides the distinctive lighting units, the crossover has PHEV badging on the front fenders, tailgate and grille. Speaking of the latter, the grille hides a charging port behind a retractable cover which is located beside the Volkswagen logo.
Like previous GTE variants, the Tiguan could be equipped with a revised interior that includes an assortment of blue accents. We can also expect a revised infotainment system which provides hybrid specific driving information.
Motivation will likely be provided by the same powertrain that resides in the Golf GTE. It consists of a 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. If the Tiguan GTE concept is any indication, the model could have a combined output of 218 PS (160 kW). This may enable the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.1 seconds before reaching a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).
Of course, the real advance of a plug-in hybrid is the fact it can be driven on electricity for short distances. In EV mode, the concept could travel could travel up to 50 km (31 miles) and hit speeds of up to 130 km/h (81 mph).