Volkswagen Tiguan is VW Group’s first SUV based on the MQB platform that will also underpin the new Skoda Octavia.
Volkswagen, the German premium carmaker will launch two new cars – new Passat sedan and the Tiguan SUV – in the Indian market this year. First model to hit dealerships will be the Volkswagen Tiguan, which is scheduled to be launched in May 2017. In fact, the company has already started production of the SUV at its Aurangabad facility in Maharashtra. The Tiguan SUV had its debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. VW will initially launch the five-seater version of the car, while a 7-seater model could be introduced in 2018.
It is based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modular Transverse Matric) platform that also underpins the Golf and the 2017 Skoda Octavia. Compared to the previous generation model, the new SUV is 50kgs lighter and more spacious. If reports are to be believed, the SUV will come in two variants – AWD version and FWD. In India, the Tiguan is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre TDI turbocharged diesel engine that belts out 177bhp and 350Nm of torque. For transmitting power, the engine will be coupled to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
To be launched as VW India’s flagship product, the SUV is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh. Upon its launch, the Tiguan will rival against the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CRV, Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the upcoming Jeep Compass. Besides Tiguan, the German brand is also considering a compact SUV for Indian market to rival Hyundai Creta & Renault Duster. Read – Volkswagen Ameo Diesel Becomes India’s Most Powerful Sub-4 Metre Sedan
|Launch (Expected)||May 2017|
The German carmaker has confirmed that it will launch the all-new Tiguan SUV in India this year. While the company hasn’t yet revealed the exact launch date of the vehicle, sources close to development suggest that the SUV will go on sale in May 2017. Production of the car has already been commenced at the company’s Aurangabad facility in Maharashtra. Initially, the SUV will come as five-seater while a seven-seater model could be introduced sometime next year. New-Generation Volkswagen Polo – Launch & Other Details
|Base Model||Rs 25 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 30 lakh|
Since the company will assemble it via CKD units, the all-new Tiguan is expected to come at a decent price. The entry-level variant of the SUV could be priced around Rs. 25 lakh, and the top-of-the-line model might cost at Rs. 30 lakh (ex-showroom). Also Read: New Volkswagen Polo GTI – All You Need to Know
|Engine||2.0-litre TDI Diesel|
|Power||177bhp or 143bhp|
|Gearbox||7-speed DSG automatic|
|Drivetrain||FWD and AWD|
Initially, the company will bring only the diesel version of the Tiguan SUV in India. It will be powered by a tried & tested 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that also powers the Skoda Octavia. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 177bhp and a peak torque of 350Nm. The company could also introduce a lower version of this engine, which develops 143bhp. A 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox driving the power to the front wheels of the SUV will come as standard. The top-spec model would be brought with the standard or optional 4Motion AWD (all-wheel-drive) layout. Also Read – New Volkswagen Vento – All Details in 9 Quick Points
– Seven airbags
– Front assist with city emergency braking
– Pedestrian monitoring
– Automatic post-collision braking system
– Lane assist
– Pre-crash proactive occupant protection
– Adaptive cruise control
The Tiguan SUV is based on the VW Group’s versatile MQB platform, which makes it lighter and spacious. The wheelbase has been increased by 60mm while the width has been raised by 30mm. It comes with a ground clearance of 200mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions. The SUV measures 4,485mm in length, 1,839mm in width and 1,632mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,681mm. It also gets a boot space of 615-litres, which can be further extended up to 1,665-litres by folding the rear seats
Design and styling of the new VW Tiguan looks sportier and premium than its current generation global model, thanks to its bold stance and lots of chrome. The SUV carries an aggressive front fascia with elements like new grille layout flanked by dual LED headlights integrated with LED daytime running lamps, sporty bumper with wide air-dams and square-shape fog lamps. The sculpted bonnet and shorter A-pillar further enhance its appeal.
The rear profile is accentuated by muscular wheel arches, 20-inch alloy wheel with new design, and a sloping roof with roof rails. Other design highlights include a panoramic sunroof, prominent roof spoiler, stylish taillights with LED inserts and big bumper. Compared to the five-seater model, the Volkswagen Tiguan seven-seater version features a larger, chunkier rear overhang and bigger rear doors for easy access to third row of seats.
The SUV’s new model is 50kgs lighter than the predecessor, thanks to its advanced and efficient construction techniques. This will also enhance fuel efficiency, handling and performance of the car. As far as dimensions go, the Volkswagen Tiguan is 60mm longer, 30mm wider and 7mm more spacious than the current model. The overall length, width and height of the SUV measure 4,485mm, 1,839mm and 1,632mm respectively. It has a wheelbase of 2,682mm.
On the other hand, the Tiguan seven-seater has a 110mm longer wheelbase, which contributes to its spacious cabin. The ground clearance of 200mm further improves off-road capabilities of the SUV. While the ride height has been reduced by 33mm, the boot space is increased from 145-litres to 615-litres. The SUV, with rear seats folded down, offers a luggage area of 1,665-litres.
Volkswagen’s new SUV is one of the well-equipped cars in its league. It hosts a wide range of comfort and connectivity features such as a 5-inch monochrome touchscreen display, Pure Air Climatronic triple-zone automatic climate control, ergoActive seat with electric 4-way lumbar support and massage function, heatable steering wheel, 360 degree area view, panoramic sunroof, pre-crash proactive occupant protection and adaptive cruise control.
Features such as a 5-inch color display and an optional 8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system supporting navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and other services are restricted to the top-spec model. All variants of the SUV will have seven airbags along with pedestrian monitoring, automatic post-collision braking system, front assist with city emergency braking, and lane assist. The AWD (all-wheel drive) variant, additionally, gets a 4MOTION Active Control switch positioned on the centre console. It offers four selectable modes- Onroad, Snow, Offroad and Offroad Individual. With a long wheelbase, the SUV offers 29mm additional knee room for rear seat occupants.