On tests seen plug-in hybrid crossover VW Tiguan GTE 2021April 2, 2020
Journalists captured the camouflaged prototype of the VW Tiguan GTE plug-in hybrid crossover. An electrified version of the car will debut later this year.
September 14, 2015 Volkswagen announced a plug-in hybrid version of the Tiguan compact crossover – the show took place at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now we have new “spy shots” of the electrified crossover – the official debut of the novelty is scheduled for the end of this year. We already saw the prototypes of the plug-in hybrid version of the popular crossover, but this was in early March 2018, when the company probably tested the power plant for an extended version of the Tiguan L PHEV – the car is sold in China.
The Tiguan GTE crossover will be based on an updated version of the model.
“Spy” images show a disguised prototype of the novelty with stickers applied to the taillights of the headlights to hide their new design. There are also minor changes on the front bumper, and it seems that something is wrong with the false radiator grille.
How do we know that this is just the GTE version, and not just a restyled Tiguan? Just look at the front wing from the driver’s side, where the cover hides the charging port. It seems that it has about the same size and shape as on the new Golf GTE hatchback, which is actually not so surprising, since both cars are mechanically connected.
There is no data on what will be under the hood of the hybrid version of the crossover from VW. It is possible that the company’s engineers will equip the electrified Tiguan with a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, powered by an electric motor, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This is precisely the powerplant of the hybrid Golf GTE and Passat GTE. If the hatchback had a power of 241 hp, then the larger sedan and station wagon could boast 215 hp. To get an idea of the power reserve of the new Tiguan GTE in electric mode, it is worth noting that the Golf GTE can travel about 60 km only on electricity, while the Passat sedan can cover 56 km.
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