Volkswagen took the wraps off the new generation of the Tiguan in September last year and we could clearly see the resemblance between it and the Cross Coupe GTE. We’ve already driven the car and have told you that Volkswagen has big plans to bring it to India. While it was first thought that the car will make it to India in 2016, VW has pushed the launch of the Tiguan to 2017 and this is because it is giving priority to the Ameo diesel, Polo GTI and the new-gen Passat.
Based on the MQB platform, the new Tiguan is 60 mm longer and 30 mm wider and sits 33mm lower than its predecessor. Volkswagen has put it on a diet too and it now weighs 50kg less than before. The wheelbase too has been increased by 77 mm to 2681 mm and so there’s more space on the inside.
This will not be the first car to come to India from VW which will be based on the MQB platform. The new-gen Passat will take that honour, but the Tiguan will see Volkswagen enter a new segment and since the production of the car won’t happen in India, we expect it to take the CBU route. This will mean that the price of the car will shoot up and will see it compete against the likes of the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and even the BMW X1.
Volkswagen says that there is an additional 29mm rear knee room while the trunk’s capacity has been boosted by 145 litres to 615 litres or 1665 litres if you fold down the rear seats. Volkswagen says they have engineered the Tiguan for trailer loads of up to 2500 kg. Safety features like Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Lane Assist are all part of standard equipment.
Inside, the new compact crossover looks very much like the Golf and there is a 5-inch monochrome touchscreen which will be on offer on the entry-level, Trendline variant. However, for those who are going up the ladder with the Comfortline and Highline trims will be privy to a 5-inch screen while several bigger 8-inch displays are also available and support navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and many other services. The all-wheel drive Tiguan also gets a 4MOTION Active Control switch located on the center console and provides four selectable modes: Onroad, Snow, Offroad and Offroad Individual. So all-in-all, the Tiguan has quite a lot of features on offer but sadly it won’t come with the all-wheel drive system in India.
Finally, the engines. While the European markets will get four TSI petrol engines churning out 123bhp, 147bhp, 177bhp and 217bhp but we will get the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, which has 147bhp to offer. Now the engine is a peppy one and though available with a 6-speed manual gearbox, India will get the one with the 7-speed DSG.
The Tiguan is a five seater and Volkswagen admits that this is the start of things to come. There will be a seven-seater SUV which will be launched soon and we might also see the German car maker make an entry into the compact SUV segment. Yes, all these cars are scheduled to make an entry into India but the timelines are yet to be known. One thing’s for sure, VW is taking the business of building SUVs very seriously with the Tiguan.Share: