Auto Expo 2016: Amidst a tepid Ameo compact sedan and a swanky, yet familiar Passat GTE, the all-new, second generation Tiguan undoubtedly came away as the star of the Volkswagen pavilion. The premium compact SUV is lined up for a confirmed Indian launch sometime this year, and was internationally revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.
The new Tiguan is the first ever Volkswagen SUV to be based on the modular MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform, and its all-new design draws influence from the VW Cross Coupe GTE. Highlights include large LED headlamps with LED DRLs, a bold, twin slat grille, crisp, tautened bodywork and a high shoulder line that gracefully flows into the LED tail lamps which feature a 3D-effect glass. The short overhangs and the 18 inch diamond cut alloy rims give it good proportions and a confident stance.
Compared to its predecessor, the new VW Tiguan has grown in size, and now measures 4485 mm long, 1839 mm wide, 1633 mm high, while having a wheelbase of 2682 mm, making it 70 mm longer, 30.5 mm wider, but 33 mm lower. For this generation, wheelbase has also significantly stretched by 76 mm. Its weight was also reduced by over 50 kg compared to the previous model.
The all-new, contemporary interiors offer an optional 12.3 inch Active Info display from the 2015 VW Passat, while a 5-inch non color infotainment display is standard. An 8-inch touch-screen equipped infotainment system is also available as optional equipment. Other notable features include the largest panoramic sunroof in its class, along with electric 4-way lumbar support and massage function for the front seats.
The boot volume of the new Tiguan can take on up to 615 litres of cargo (loaded to the back of the rear bench); when the rear seat backrests are folded, its capacity increases to 1,655 litres, which marks a gain of 145 litres as compared to the previous model.
Mechanically, a broad range of eight engines (both petrol and diesel fuelled) is available with power outputs ranging between 115 PS and 240 PS. The drives have been made more powerful, yet they are claimed to be up to 24 per cent more fuel-efficient than those of the previous model. While a front wheel drive system is standard in base variants, a 4MOTION AWD system is offered in higher variants. The new Tiguan further features six different driving modes that include On-road, Off-road, Sport, Snow, Charge and Battery Hold.