Volkswagen To Unveil Plug-In Hybrid Tiguan At 2016 NAIAS


Tiguan GTE concept

Tiguan GTE concept

It’s expected that at the 2016 NAIAS in Detroit this week, Volkswagen will present a plug-in hybrid SUV – the Tiguan GTE concept, which first debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Tiguan GTE definitely should make into production at some point in the future, although it probably will take some time.

With a 13 kWh battery, NEDC range stands at 50 km / 31 miles.

The Concept Tiguan GTE is only FWD with 160kW/218PS system power (115 kW from 1.4 TSI direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine). Electric motor is integrated into the 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) housing.

We’ll be covering the 2016 NAIAS live form the show floor, so stay tuned for more details.

Tiguan GTE concept

Tiguan GTE concept

Tiguan GTE concept

Tiguan GTE concept

Source: Automotive News

Category: VW

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14 responses to "Volkswagen To Unveil Plug-In Hybrid Tiguan At 2016 NAIAS"
  1. Clive says:

    I am not impressed !

    Go Big or Go Home Volkswagen !!

  2. Anon says:

    Teeeeeny tiny battery. 🙁

  3. Fwd only. Seems like a missed opportunity.

  4. Blah says:

    Another event, another VW concept.

  5. Rich says:

    More VW propaganda … I mean PR.

  6. Pete Bauer says:

    Please make this to production. Also launch the Passat Plugin in both Sedan & Wagon version.

  7. Scramjett says:

    VW, you have my attention…

    There needs to be some improvements over the concept: bigger battery, AWD (preferably dual motor), EPA AER of 30 miles, and at least MY 2017 production, and right price!

    Give me a good design that meets the above at a minimum and I’ll definitely consider it!

  8. pjwood1 says:

    Apart from the NEDC conversion, VW Group has had some weak results for kwh-to-miles. Cayenne S E Hybrid is bigger, but with 10.8 kwh it achieved only 14 miles.

    How will VW they go from 14 to 31 miles, with just 2kwh?

  9. Just_Chris says:

    People may or may not like this concept but it is the near future for the EU based auto-companies. MB, BMW and VW are all bringing out a whole heap of micro-PHEV’s and one or two proper plugin options.

    I am not sure what is driving this but I think it is essentially the new emissions standards due in 2020 that require the average new EU car to emit only 95 g/CO2/km. To get to that average you have to be selling a whole s**t load of plugin vehicles (like double digit % of sales) and I just don’t think they have the time to develop enough totally new models or the battery factories to make the batteries to go in them.

    I find it interesting that most here are very critical of VW but give BMW and MB a much easier ride – VW might be late but the are certainly moving faster than some to catch up. The e-up!, Golf GTE and EV, A3 e-tron, Passat GTE, the porsche’s, maybe even a few more? I don’t like any of them but at least they are selling them globally and ramping up production pretty quickly. I’d love to see GM release a plugin version of their best selling model or maybe they could start by selling their current plugin models outside the US for less than $60k.

    1. Mateo says:

      VW is wunderbar and all and will always be the peoples car, BUT the Golf-E is hardly even avail here in north american.

      VW needs to step up IF they want to catch up.

  10. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “With a 13 kWh battery, NEDC range stands at 50 km / 31 miles.”

    That’s scarcely better than the Mitsubishi Outlander’s 12 kWh battery, which gives that small SUV an estimated real-world range of about 23 miles.


    When, oh when, will we be seeing production PHEVs with a range to rival or better the range of the Volt?

  11. James says:

    The Germans make such handsome cars. Wish it had a 20kW battery.

  12. ct200h says:

    They must be kicking themselves for not pushing this into production already. It could sell well in the USA and replace some TDI sales.