Volkswagen unveiled a new Tiguan GTE Active Concept last week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This five-seat concept is based on the completely redeveloped second-generation Tiguan and will arrive in the U.S in 2017 with a longer wheelbase and available seven-seat functionality.

The heart of this cutting-edge concept is its efficient plug-in hybrid system that uses two electric motors and a gasoline engine. This hybrid system is able to supply power to all four wheels, automatically or at the push of a button, and the vehicle’s all-wheel-drive technology ensures the SUV can offer the highest of off-road performance, even in all-electric mode.

Every trip in the Tiguan GTE Active Concept begins in all electric E-mode. The vehicle can travel up to 20 miles in zero-emissions all-electric mode. Based on a fully charged battery and a full 16.9-gallon tank, the vehicle's estimated range is 580 miles.

Normally a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the Tiguan GTE automatically engages the front wheels the instant it senses a loss of traction. Four-wheel-drive can also be activated when the driver selects 4MOTION Active Control or when GTE-mode is selected for instance.

The Tiguan GTE Active Concept also comes equipped with a number of advanced safety and technology features. Safety features include Front Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking and pedestrian monitoring, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, while the Tiguan’s infotainment system comes equipped with a 9.2-inch touch screen, head-up display and for the first time in its class, gesture control.

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