Volkswagen Tiguan is VW Group’s first SUV based on the MQB platform that will also underpin the new Skoda Octavia.
Volkswagen India has announced its 2017 model line-up that includes its globally popular – Tiguan SUV and new Passat. The all-new Volkswagen Tiguan SUV will be the first product to hit showrooms towards the end of April or early May 2017. In India, the new VW SUV will come as CKD (completely knocked down) kit, and assembled at the carmaker’s Aurangabad plant in Maharashtra.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is VW Group’s first SUV based on the MQB (modular transverse matric) platform that will also underpin the Golf and the 2017 Skoda Octavia. This architecture will also make it 50kgs lighter and more spacious than its current global model. The 236.7bhp, 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine will be power source for the new Volkswagen SUV. As a reminder, the 5-seater VW Tiguan first broke cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015.
The German carmaker has confirmed that it will introduce the all-new Tiguan SUV in India this year. While the company hasn’t yet revealed the exact launch date of the vehicle, ET reports that it might make its way by the end of April or early May 2017. Rumour also has it that 2017 will see the five-seater version of the SUV, while its seven-seater version could be introduce 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
Volkswagen will introduce its new SUV in India with a 2.0-litre TDI diesel powertrain. The power and torque figures this motor stand at 236.7bhp and 500Nm respectively. The company has also confirmed that there will be a 7-speed DSG gearbox for taking care of transmission duties. Reports suggest that the base version of the car will have FWD (front-wheel-drive) system, while the top-spec model could be brought with the standard or optional 4Motion AWD (all-wheel-drive) layout. More details will be revealed closer to its launch. 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
Length – 4485mm
Width – 1839mm
Height – 1632mm
Wheelbase – 2681mm
Ground Clearance – 200mm
Boot Space – 615-litres (1665-litres when rear seats folded down)
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.