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PHEV Tiguan concept debuts in Detroit show

VOLKSWAGEN will display its Tiguan GTE Active Concept plug-in hybrid at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) beginning this week in Deetroit.

The five-seat concept is based on the completely redeveloped second-generation Tiguan — the first SUV to be based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) — with a longer wheelbase and available seven-seat functionality.

For Volkswagen, the new Tiguan, due in 2017, marks the kickoff of an SUV product offensive that will significantly expand the range of vehicles offered, especially in North America.

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The Tiguan GTE Active Concept is equipped with a turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine that produces 148 hp and 201 N·m of torque, mated to two electric motors: 40 kW on the front axle and 85 kW on the rear. 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.

The vehicle can cover up to 32 km in all-electric mode. The driving range, based on a battery capacity of 12.4 kWh and a 16.9-gallon fuel tank, is 933 km, thanks to a 6-speed dual-clutch (DSG) automatic transmission that was specially designed for hybrid use, with the front electric motor being housed inside the casing.

Other plug-in hybrid components of the 4MOTION plug-in hybrid drive include: a 12.4 kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery that can be charged either externally or via the gasoline engine; power electronics for the front motor; a second module at the rear that converts the battery’s DC current into AC for the electric motors; and an on-board charger.

Depending on the driving mode, the Tiguan GTE Active Concept can be driven by the front, rear, or by all four wheels.

This means the Tiguan GTE Active Concept is a zero-emissions all-wheel-drive vehicle. In E-mode, the Tiguan has a top speed of 70 mph (113 km/h).

The GTE mode is unique to plug-in hybrid Volkswagen vehicles. The transmission, accelerator pedal, engine mapping, and steering settings are sportier and the TSI engine and the electric motors work together (in kickdown/boosting) to allow the full system power of 221hp to be available.

When this happens, the Tiguan GTE Active Concept has a top speed of 193 km/h and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

The Tiguan GTE Active Concept is also equipped with safety systems such as Front Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking and pedestrian monitoring, an active hood for pedestrian protection, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.

The top level next-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB) is also featured — a large 9.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen (1,280 x 640 pixels) and gesture control functionality.

The entire surface of the home screen can be used to show the navigation map in large format, to show special instruments for the Off-road program (steering angle, compass, altitude indicator) or to show, via Car-Net App-Connect, the smartphone apps for Mirror Link, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

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