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One of the con­cepts from Detroit that looks most pro­duc­tion-ready is the Volk­swa­gen Tiguan GTE Ac­tive Con­cept, and for good rea­son, as it has al­ready been con­firmed for pro­duc­tion. It will be­gin ar­riv­ing in North Amer­i­can show­rooms next year.

Power for the GTE Ac­tive Con­cept comes from a tur­bocharged, di­rect-injection TSI gas en­gine mated to a six-speed DSG au­to­matic that pro­duces 148 horse­power and 184 lb-ft of torque. Two elec­tric mo­tors work­ing in con­junc­tion with the en­gine put out 54 horse­power at the wheels in front and 114 in the rear. To­tal sys­tem out­put is rated at 221 horse­power that’s sent through all four wheels via 4MOTION.

The GTE Ac­tive Con­cept is just the first of what Volk­swa­gen is promis­ing will be­come an ‘SUV prod­uct of­fen­sive’ that will see the Ger­man mar­que of­fer a wider range of util­ity ve­hi­cles world­wide, but in North Amer­ica in par­tic­u­lar.

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