The new-generation Volkswagen Tiguan has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show.It is based on the MQB platform that houses Golf and A3 to name a few and will fight in the compact SUV segment.
Tiguan DetailsA few months ago VW released numerous concepts all bearing GTE badges. Of interest was the Cross Coupe GTE, which shares the same styling cues as the new Tiguan. Barring the bigger lights, the front end seems to have stayed fairly close to the concept’s design. The Tiguan looks to stand a bit taller and the rear end is more muscular than on the concept.
The new Tiguan is 60 mm longer and 30 mm wider and has shed more than 50kg in weight. It now sits some 30 mm lower than before. The wheelbase has been extended by 77 mm so interior space has increased too with a quoted 29 mm increase in rear knee room. The loading bay has increased by 145-Litres to 615-Litres. With the rear seats folded down boot space is increased to 1 665-Litres.
In terms of engines, there are a total of eight turbocharged petrol and diesel engines on offer that are up to 24% more efficient than their respective predecessors. On the petrol front, four TSI engines with power outputs of 92 kW, 110 kW, 132 kW and 162 kW are on offer. For the diesel derivatives, power outputs vary from 85 kW, 110 kW, 140 kW to 176 kW. The entry-level engines are offered paired with front-wheel drive while all the other engines can be had with 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
In terms of safety, the new Tiguan is well equipped and comes fitted with Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Lane Assist as standard.
Inside, the Tiguan is fitted with a 5-inch monochrome touchscreen display in Trendline trim. The Comfortline and Highline derivatives get a 5-inch screen while larger 8-inch screens are on offer too. Features such as navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink can be accessed via the screen. There's also a fully digital 12.3-inch Active information display and a heads-up display which is a first for a Volkswagen SUV.
The new Tiguan should debut in South Africa during 2016.