Sharing the spotlight on the VW stand at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show will be the Tiguan GTE Concept, a small SUV plug-in hybrid that, according to Volkswagen, will sip just 1.9 l/100km of petrol on the combined cycle.
Alternatively, if driven no more than 50km at a time and with its lithium-ion batteries charged from a household power outlet, the Tiguan GTE could conceivably be driven without using a single drop of petrol, ever.
A solar panel built into the concept's roof also helps extend range, with Volkswagen claiming it provides enough voltage to add up to 1000km of emissions-free driving range each year.
The GTE Concept's internal combustion motor is a 1.4 litre turbocharged and direct-injected petrol inline four, which, when coupled to the electric motor (which is housed within the six-speed twin-clutch automatic) makes a combined output of 160kW.
It's effectively the same FWD hybrid powerpland as used by the Passat GTE.
Three drive modes are offered: all-electric E-Mode, a conventional Hybrid Mode, a charge-conserving Battery Charge Mode and a sporty GTE Mode that sharpens up throttle, gearbox and steering response.
In GTE Mode, the Tiguan GTE Concept will run to 100km/h in 8.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 200km/h.
For now the Tiguan GTE Concept is strictly a one-off, however the near production-ready appearance of this "concept" coupled with the fact that its hybrid powertrain is already destined for the Passat means it will likely join the Tiguan range in the near future.
Whether it comes to Australia, however, is a different matter.
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