Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Plug-In Hybrid Concept Packs a Solar Panel Roof

Along with the production 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, the German brand has revealed the Tiguan GTE plug-in hybrid concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. 

This concept teases a future plug-in hybrid version of the new 2017 Tiguan, which now rides on VW’s new MQB modular architecture.

Power comes from a 154-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor for a total output of 214 hp, sent through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. In all-electric mode, the Tiguan GTE can hit a top speed of 80 mph and cover 31 miles, in part thanks to a solar module that is integrated into the roof. VW says that over the course of a year, the solar panel will add roughly 620 miles of all-electric driving.

2015 Frankfurt Motor Show Coverage

While the GTE can be used to get great fuel economy, VW has also added a GTE mode, which activates the sporty side of this crossover. Throttle response, shift points and steering feedback will all be made more aggressive while the electric motor while allow for maximum torque to be available. The jump to 62 mph will take 8.2 seconds in GTE mode.

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