By on January 11, 2016

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Volkswagen unveiled a new plug-in hybrid concept for the Tiguan, featuring more aggressive styling than the standard model launched in Frankfurt. Interestingly, Volkswagen has positioned the gas-electric CUV as a more fun-to-drive truck than the standard vehicle.

In other words, it’s a Tiguan Trailhawk.

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The GTE Active offers two driver-selectable modes: E-mode, which is an all-electric, rear-drive mode good for up to 20 miles of zero emissions driving; and GTE mode, which pairs the gasoline engine, DSG transmission, and both electric motors for 221 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a 6.4 second sprint to 60 mph.

As the new Tiguan is based on the MQB modular architecture, it’s not a significant stretch to assume this hybrid system could be transferred to the Golf, Jetta, and Passat if it proves successful.

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