Volkswagen introduced its new generationTiguan SUV, together with Tiguan's concept plugin hybrid version, the GTE. 

Tiguan GTE – the first plug-in hybrid SUV from Volkswagen – comes with the kind of powertrain, we've already seen in Passat GTE, meaning it develops a system power of 160 kWs from a turbocharged petrol engine (1.4 TSI with 115 kW), a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and an electric motor, which was integrated into the gearbox housing and is powered by the externally chargeable lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 13.0 kWh.

Driving as an all-electric zero-emission vehicle in 'E-Mode', the Tiguan reaches a top speed of 130 km/h and covers a distance of up to 50 km. On average, its combined fuel consumption sums up to only 1.9 l/100km with 42 g of CO2 emissions per kilometer. The Tiguan GTE accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds, reaching its top speed at 200 km/h.

The Tiguan GTE can add zero-emission kilometres with the help of its newest, world's exclusive feature – an innovative solar roof module. The energy, annually generated by the solar roof under ideal (weather) conditions, would be sufficient to power additional 1000 kilometres of driving range per year. Depending on solar radiation power in various regions, in Germany, for example, this 'solar range' would add up to 500 kilometres extra, while in Southern Europe to somewhere between 800 and 1000 kilometres.

Sept. 15, 2015 Driving photo: Volkswagen

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