Volkswagen Tiguan SUV Launch Likely In 2017
Based on VW Group’s MQB platform; to take on Hyundai Tuscon, Honda CR-V.
A couple of spy shots of a right-hand-drive Volkswagen Tiguan on test with zero camouflage has surfaced in the automotive media this week. The Tiguan is a long-awaited model from the VW India, the first SUV model to grace the company’s line-up after the demise of VW Touareg in India. The car was unveiled to the local public at the 2016 Auto Expo early this year, and is expected to be launched sometime in 2017.
The second-generation Tiguan is 4,486 mm long, 1,839 mm wide and 2,095 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,677 mm. So to put this in perspective, the Tiguan is slightly larger than the new Hyundai Tuscon and the Audi Q3 in dimensions. It is based on the VW Group’s popular MQB platform, which also underpins a number of cars including the Audi Q3. The car is supposed to be spacious inside with loads of passenger leg room and 615 litres of cargo space that is expandable up to 1,655 litres with the rear seats folded.
The Tiguan SUV will be powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cyl TDI turbo-charged diesel engine, generating up to 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque at peak demand. A 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission will deliver power to the wheels, working in tandem with the company’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. A 1.4-litre TSI turbo-petrol unit is also expected in the Tiguan’s line-up, with 150 PS of power and 250 Nm of max torque.
Design wise, the VW Tiguan is a muscular-looking crossover, although boxy in some proportions. But the elements like the angular headlamps with LED DRLs flanking chrome grille, 18-inch diamond cut alloys, elegant window lines and a balanced rear renders the car with utmost grandeur. On the inside, the Tiguan gets all-black interiors with dual-tone seat and door graphics, 5-inch standard or an 8-inch optional infotainment touchscreen system with smartphone connectivity and navigation, and 4-way lumbar support front seats with massage function.
The new Tiguan will be the brand’s only SUV in India, until the Polo-based sub-compact crossover is ready by 2018. By then, the new Honda CR-V is also expected to reach our shores for the Tiguan to compete with. The car will be locally assembled at the VW’s Chakan plant, with the imported CKD kits.
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