An undisguised plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Tiguan has been spied at the snowy roads of Sweden this week, previewing an upcoming variant of the preferred SUV.
Despite being noticed in Europe, the Tiguan prototype pictured is in truth in long-wheelbase Tiguan L guise – that means it’s a China-market model – dressed in ‘430 PHEV’ badges.
There’s additionally a blue ‘PHEV’ badge within the entrance grille – located the place the ‘GTE‘ badge would normally go – along with unique C-shaped LED daytime-running lights in the front bumper, which are a signature design feature for Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid vary.
Otherwise, the prototype seems to be just about the similar as some other Tiguan L/Allspace, together with the wheels, headlights, tail-lights and rear bumper remedies.
It’s unclear what precisely will energy the plug-in SUV, even though the crowd of Golf GTEs in tow counsel the Tiguan L PHEV/Tiguan Allspace GTE gets the similar 1.Four-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to an electrical motor and lithium-ion battery pack as its hatchback relative.
The present Mk7.five Golf GTE claims outputs of 150kW and 350Nm from its hybrid machine, at the side of a zero-emissions vary of as much as 50 kilometres and claimed gasoline intake of 1.5L/100km at the blended European cycle.
It’s believed the manufacturing model of the Tiguan L PHEV will make its debut on the Beijing motor display in April, and we reckon a European model will practice in a while after that – very similar to the Tiguan L/Allspace divulge agenda from a few years in the past.
Volkswagen’s native communications boss, Paul Pottinger, has dominated out a Tiguan hybrid – and the corporate’s different PHEV fashions for that subject – for the Australian marketplace.
The prototype noticed right here can be reserved for the Chinese marketplace, a minimum of to begin with.
“Electrification in Australia will come to be embodied by EVs from the ID family, not hybrids,” stated Pottinger.
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