Volkswagen took the wraps off the new era of the Tiguan in September a year ago and we could unmistakably observe the similarity amongst it and the Cross Coupe GTE. We’ve effectively determined the auto and have let you know that Volkswagen has huge arrangements to convey it to India.
While it was first suspected that the auto will make it to India in 2016, VW has pushed the dispatch of the Tiguan to 2017 and this is on the grounds that it is offering need to the Ameo diesel, Polo GTI and the new-gen Passat.
Taking into account the MQB stage, the new Tiguan is 60 mm longer and 30 mm more extensive and sits 33mm lower than its forerunner. Volkswagen has put it on an eating regimen as well and it now weighs 50kg not exactly some time recently. The wheelbase too has been expanded by 77 mm to 2681 mm as there’s more space within.
This won’t be the primary auto to come to India from VW which will be founded on the MQB stage. The new-gen Passat will take that honor, yet the Tiguan will see Volkswagen enter another section and since the generation of the auto won’t happen in India, we anticipate that it will take the CBU course. This will imply that the cost of the auto will shoot up and will see it go up against any semblance 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.