VW’s new Tiguan: Launching a new era of SUVs

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The new Tiguan is a great all-rounder with distinctive styling which redefines its class and confidently points the way to the future.

It is the first Volkswagen SUV to sit on the now familiar MQB, or Modularer Querbaukasten (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform, which means it benefits from the latest available technology and shares much of its underpinnings with other successful new models such as the award-winning Golf and Passat.

The new Tiguan remains capable off-road, with a rugged 4MOTION all-wheel drive system that includes premium class technology for use on and off road. With its new 4MOTION Active Control, the Tiguan guarantees smooth acceleration and an exciting driving experience in all situation and every type of driving surface.

The completely redesigned Tiguan benefits from a broad engine selection. At launch, the new Tiguan will be offered in two 1.4 TSI engines - 92kW and 110kW.  The 2.0 TDI engines with 81kW, 105kW and 130kW as well as the ranger topping 2.0 TSI with 162kW will be introduced in the last quarter of 2016. The high powered engines will be offered with 4MOTION drive system as standard. The new car will be offered in three equipment levels Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.


A spacious interior paired with a significant gain in boot space - when the rear bench is folded the cargo space, at 1,655 litres, is now 145 litres larger than its predecessor - makes for even more practicality in everyday use.

Manual air conditioning, electric front and rear windows, cruise control, front fog lights, leather multi-function steering wheel, connectivity package (Bluetooth & USB interface) & roof rails are among the many standard-fit features on all models in the range.

All TSI engines feature BlueMotion Technology. As such they include Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems to enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions.

EXTERIOR

The proportions of the base model with front-wheel drive give it a powerful stance on the road with a 33 mm reduction in height to 1,632 mm and a 30 mm increase in width to 1,839 mm. At 4,486 mm in length, it is also 60 mm longer than its predecessor. The wheelbase has been extended to 2,681 mm - an increase of 77 mm.

At the front, in particular, the unit formed by the radiator grille and the optional LED headlights reinforces the car's powerful impression and upright stance. At the sides, the waist and character lines as well as the eye-catching wheel arches attest to the creativity of the designers.

INTERIOR

The new Tiguan's interior designers determined that size is not an end in itself.  But it is one of the factors that determine comfort and, as such, the new Tiguan - with an interior 26 mm longer than previously - is now one of the most spacious cars in its class.  At the rear, up to three passengers can now enjoy 29 mm more knee room.  Despite its lower overall height, the vehicle has a clever ergonomic design that actually offers more headroom than before.  And seat height, which customers consider so very important in an SUV of any class, was raised 8 mm in the new Tiguan.

The car also offers a sliding rear bench that was optimised to permit 180 mm of adjustment - 20 mm more than in the previous model.  When the rear bench is slid forwards, the boot offers 615 litres of space, which is a massive gain of 145 litres.  Meanwhile when the rear bench is folded, the vehicle's 1,655 litres of boot volume is enough for all manner of large loads.

ENGINES, TRANSMISSIONS AND RUNNING GEAR

The engine range of the new Tiguan delivers a broader choice, with the emphasis spread neatly between power and economy.  Refinement, of course, applies across the board.  The three petrol engines available to customers offer power outputs from 92kW to 162kW, and the diesel engines from 81kW to130kW.

At launch, only 1.4 TSI engines with 92kW and110kW will be offered. The 92kW will be available with 6-speed manual transmission and 110kW is mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission. The 2.0 TDI engines with power output of 81kW, 105kW and 130kW will be introduced in the last quarter of 2016 together with 2.0 TSI with 162kW. The high powered engines (2.0 TDI with 105kW and 130kW as well as 2.0 TSI with 162kW) will be fitted with the 4MOTION drive system

New Tiguan Prices (VAT and emissions tax included)

1.4 TSI 92kW Trendline Manual                             R378 000

1.4 TSI 92kW Comfortline Manual                          R419 000

1.4 TSI 110kW Comfortline DSG                            R457 680

The new Tiguan comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15 000km.

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