Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept looks great

Volkswagen isn’t afraid of showing off some daring concepts at auto shows, however it does have a bit of an issue with delivering any of them. We’ve seen Volkswagen show off countless Golf and crossover style concepts at auto shows that haven’t ever come to fruition. Hopefully, that isn’t what happens with the Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept that VW will be debuting at the Detroit Auto Show tomorrow, because it looks flipping fantastic.

Based on the new MQB platform, the very same one that underpins the Volkswagen Golf and Audi TT, this new Tiguan has been given a very serious off-road treatment. It looks beefy and tough and like it could tackle Moab with a yawn. But here’s the kicker, it’s a hybrid.

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A 221 hp 2.0 liter turbocharged engine is paired with two electric motors, one in the front and one in the rear. Both axles can be driven independently and the car can drive for up to 20 miles on electric power alone. the GTE Concept can hustle from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which isn’t fast but is great for something with this sort of off-roading capability. And it does actually have some off-road cred.

The GTE is lifted two inches higher than the standard Tiguan, has skid plates on both front and rear overhangs, tow hooks and a badass roof rack. While off-roading isn’t typically something that is thought of when thinking of the Volkswagen Tiguan, this looks positively mean and like it could handle anything.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.