With all-new Volkswagen Tiguan SUV, the German carmaker re-entered in the premium SUV segment in India. The VW Touareg was first SUV that came to India, and discontinued 2013 due to poor sales. The second-generation Tiguan uses the modular transverse matrix ‘MQB’ platform, and hosts a range of advanced comfort and connectivity features. Here, we bring eight interesting facts about Volkswagen’s upcoming SUV –
1. Aggressive Pricing – The new Volkswagen SUV is available in two variants – Comfortline and Highline – priced at Rs 27.98 lakh and Rs 31.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. In India, Volkswagen Tiguan comes as CKD unit, and is being assembled at the company’s Maharashtra plant.
2. Premium & Robust Looks – With muscular stance and high ground clearance, the Tiguan looks very robust and premium. Upfront, the car gets LED headlights with LED DRLs, fog lamps and sculpted hood. The Comfortline comes with 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, while the Highline gets 18-inch unit. Other key features include a panoramic sunroof with LED surround lighting, LED taillights and an electrically operated tailgate with an adjustable opening angle.
3. Premium Colours – Volkswagen offers five premium shades on the Tiguan - Tugsten Silver, Atlantic Blue, Deep Black, Indium Grey and Oryx White.
4. Lighter & Spacious – Based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the Tiguan weighs 50kgs lighter than its previous generation global model. It’s the same architecture that underpins the new Skoda Octavia and Golf hatchback. This new VW SUV has been built using advanced and efficient construction technologies. Sitting on a 110mm longer wheelbase than its previous generation, the new Tiguan offers more generous cabin space.
7. Well Proportioned – Volkswagen Tiguan is a well-proportioned car measuring 4486mm in length, 1839mm in width and 1672mm in height. The SUV rides on 17-inch or 18-inch (depending on variant) diamond cut alloy wheels, and sits on 2677mm of wheelbase. The boot capacity stands at 615-litres with all seats up and 1655-litres with rear seat folded.
5. Lots of Features – The Volkswagen Tiguan has a well laid-out interior with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity. The premium upholstery and several in-car controls further enhance its comfort level. Features such as a panoramic sunroof, Dark Grid inserts for dashboard, illuminated scuff plates, ambient lighting and front door panels are exclusively offered on the Highline variant.
6. Efficient Power Source – Besides sharing the platform with the Skoda Octavia, the Tiguan borrows a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine from the former. This turbocharged motor, with a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox, makes a top power of 141bhp and 340Nm of torque. Both the variants come z.pwith 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
8. Challenges – Despite being a 5-seater, the VW Tiguan will compete against the full-size SUVs such as Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour and Isuzu MU-X. It will also take on Hyundai Santa Fe and upcoming Skoda Kodiaq.