For a beloved crossover like Volkswagen Tiguan to go hybrid, definitely catches interest. Yes that’s right, Volkswagen with its new 2017 VW Tiguan Hybrid is venturing into the competition for efficient performance against critically acclaimed models like Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Toyota C Prius.
Ingenious Hybrid Technology
The rule of thumb for this 2017 VW Tiguan Hybrid is the same – gasoline engine in combination with electric motors. Rest assured, there’s a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine which uses a direct fuel injection system and mates to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission.
The output figures of this engine go – 148 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine is backed by two electric motors that are placed on the front and rear. The front motor is capable of delivering a power of 40 kW (54 HP) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque. Similarly, the rear unit produces 114 HP and 200 lb-ft of torque.
There’s a 12.4 kWh battery pack which powers the 2 motors and is capable of delivering an all-electric driving range of 20 miles (32 km). To make the most out of fuel efficiency, this Tiguan Hybrid starts fully electric in a so-called “zero-emission” mode. According to the company officials this model’s ingenious hybrid system uses an “electric propshaft” which involves energy to the rear axle being supplied via wires to the motor.
Volkswagen has presented 6 different driving modes in this vehicle which includes:
- Battery Hold
Access to these versatile drive modes, are rather convenient as there’s a rotary/push button switch. There’s even a separate console buttons for getting hold of 3 hybrid drive modes – Hybrid, E-Mode and GTE.
Apart from the first two hybrid modes, the GTE drive mode is common to other Volkswagen plug-in hybrids. Efficiency of this new VW Tiguan Hybrid 2017 is emphasized by the hybrid drivetrain’s regenerative system which involves recharging of the battery pack via electric motors as they also double up as a generator.
This new 2017 VW Tiguan Hybrid is entirely based off of the standard model. In context to the front fascia, it looks refined and pronounced as the grille is cast on a single section with the headlights.
Speaking of the headlights, VW Tiguan Hybrid 2017 now boast sleek LED daytime running lights which accentuate the HID projectors underneath. The lower front fascia incorporates C-shaped daytime running lights and a sturdy skid plate dominates the bumper. All 4 wheel arches wear a clean plastic cladding that continues over the rest of body edges.
Up top, there are sporty roof rails which come in a striking contrast with the rear bumper. Rearwards, the LED taillights integrate daytime running lights and the skid plate is just as rugged as the front one.
2017 VW Tiguan Hybrid Interior
Inside, there driver’s gauge cluster and central information display showcase all the info of the hybrid drivetrain with real time updates. The steering wheel is heated and incorporates audio and phone controls.
2017 VW Tiguan Hybrid is also high on entertainment and safety as modern features like Volkswagen Car-Net-App-Connectivity, HD Radio, Multi-stage airbags and traction control.