Along with the second generation 2016 VW Tiguan, Volkswagen also unveiled the Tiguan GTE concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA).
The Tiguan GTE concept uses a 13.0 kWh externally chargeable lithium-ion battery along with the capability to be charged from the solar module that is mounted on the roof. The company claims that in ideal conditions, the solar roof can generate sufficient power to add upto 1000 km (621.37 miles) of driving range annually [Germany – 500 km (310.68 miles), Southern Europe 800 to 1,000 km (497.09-621.37 miles)] depending upon the solar radiation of the region.
The concept features a front wheel drive setup and is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that comprises a 1.4-litre TSI engine and a 115 kW electric motor. It is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission which has been specially designed for use in hybrid vehicles.
The concept develops a total system power of 218 PS (215 hp) and more importantly, can cover a distance of 50 km in the all-electric ‘E-Mode’ with zero CO2 emissions. The company informs that the average combined fuel efficiency of the concept is 123.79 mpg (U.S) (52.63 km/l) and that its CO2 emissions figure of 42 g/km.
It features different driving modes that include – E-Mode, Battery Charge, Hybrid and GTE. The concept automatically drives off in the E-Mode initially, but if there is an additional requirement of power or the minimum level of battery charge is reached, the system switches over to the Hybrid mode. The concept recharges the battery during deceleration and has a top speed of 130 km/h (80.77 mph) in all-electric mode.
The driver can also switch over to the GTE mode by pressing a button for enhanced performance. This mode changes the characteristics of the gearbox and steering making them more dynamic along with swifter acceleration. This mode enables the petrol engine and the electric motor to jointly develop the full system power and torque known as ‘boosting’ and enables the Tiguan GTE to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and go on to achieve a top speed of 200 km/h.
The press release is embedded below the image gallery for further information