Top 5 EV News The best selling Tiguan SUV as a plug-in hybrid EV
By Wynand Goosen | Jul 07, 2020
Volkswagen is giving Europe's best selling SUV, the Tiguan, a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The Tiguan is one of the best selling SUVs globally, selling more than 900,000 units in 2019, and over six million to date. Unfortunately for customers in North America, the VW Tiguan PHEV is only available for the European market. A plug-in version of the longer wheelbase VW Tiguan L-GTE is available in China since 2019.
The Tiguan eHybrid is equipped with a 13kWh battery, which delivers a WLTP range of 50km (31 miles). The 85kW (114hp) electric motor allows a zero-emission top speed of 130km/h (81mph). The total system power output is 180 kW ( 241 hp ).
The VW Tiguan eHybrid PHEV comes with the VW Travel Assist advanced driving assistance system, allowing for assisted driving at speeds up to 210km/h. Other technology improvements in the new model are the third generation MIB3 modular infotainment matrix, offering online connectivity, and Tiguan’s new IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights. A 480-watt sound system by audio specialist Harman Kardon is available as an optional extra.
No pricing for the Tiguan eHybrid is available yet, and sales in Europe are expected to start in the latter part of 2020.