[dropcap]V[/dropcap]olkswagen South Africa has announced the launching of a new of SUVs with the new Tiguan billed to entice the motoring market soon.
In a Press Release, Volkswagen South Africa said the new Tiguan is the “First Sports Utility Vehicle based on MQB sets standards in design, comfort and convenience”
Referencing the “2.8 million units sold worldwide since the Tiguan was introduced in 2007” the big time auto maker also noted that, “The new Tiguan is a great all-rounder with distinctive styling which redefines its class and confidently points the way to the future.”
The new Tiguan 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.
According to Volkswagen, it is in record that the first generation Tiguan which was launched in 2007 in Germany and 2008 in South Africa is a compelling sales success story and has sold about 2.8 million units world wide and over 19, 000 in South Africa.
Volkswagen further revealed factors which gives the new Tiguan a standing edge in the SUV class.
“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 4 MOTION 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.
“The design of the new Tiguan emphasises style, presence and dynamism. With this car Volkswagen is introducing a completely new design character for its SUVs, which combines striking proportions with a clear commitment to sophistication and authority. This proactive attitude is systematically followed in details such as the horizontally aligned unit formed by the radiator grille and headlights, and the higher waist line compared to the previous model, resulting in a particularly confident stance.”
Volkswagen however assures that “safety remains paramount in all Volkswagen passenger cars, and the Tiguan includes driver and front passenger airbags, an airbag curtain system and front seat side impact airbags.”
Other significant features in the new Tiguan, includes the Hazard lights which flashes automatically under hard braking, while the Electronic Stability Control, XDS transverse differential lock and fatigue detection (Rest Assist).
The auto company further noted that, “The new Tiguan received a five star rating from Euro NCAP making it one of the Europe’s safest cars. The overall safety rating of five stars was aggregated from the new Tiguan’s results in four sub-sections: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and driver assistance systems.”
Also part of the outstanding features in the new Tiguan are the “Manual air conditioning, electric front and rear windows, cruise control, front fog lights, leather multi-function steering wheel, connectivity package (Bluetooth & USB interface) and roof rails 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.
“Naturally the latest Tiguan retains all the versatility and practicality for which the previous model was renowned. This five-door, five-seat SUV even includes an adjustable 40:20:40 split bench rear seat that can slide fore or aft by up to 18 cms, thereby maximising either rear legroom, or boot space.” Volkswagen also highlighted.
In the exteriors, Volks elucidated that the “unmistakable SUV profile of the new Tiguan radiates authority, confidence and control.” It said “this impression is created because the designers, under the leadership of Klaus Bischoff, applied a simple ethos: less is more.”
In the new Tiguan, the maker further emphasized that, the proportions of the base model with front-wheel drive gives the SUV a powerful attitude on the road noting, “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.”
Volkswagen also mentioned that at the front of the new Tiguan in particular, “the unit formed by the radiator grille and the optional LED headlights reinforces the car’s powerful impression and upright mentality on the road. At the sides, the waist and character lines as well as the eye-catching wheel arches attest to the creativity of the designers.”
The well thought-out production technology of the new model Tiguan SUV is similarly worthy of note as well. For instance, “the door handles have been integrated seamlessly.”
Meanwhile, looking at the new Tiguan’s character line which helps to define a rear section, clear edges and horizontally aligned surfaces have been expertly fitted to continue the success story of a sporty all-rounder road machine.
And when it comes to aerodynamics, Volkswagen pointed out that, “the new Tiguan has been significantly optimised. It has a Cd figure as low as 0.32 and is therefore 13 percent better than its predecessor’s 0.37.” which the company explained “has been achieved via a number of small and seemingly insignificant individual measures, from the aerodynamically efficient car body to an optimised underbody concept.
“The weight of the new Tiguan has been reduced by up to 53 kg. In the body alone, around 12 kg of weight is saved despite the longer wheelbase and longer vehicle length.
“Lightweight design measures were implemented such as “tailored blanks” – the load-optimised thickening of sheet metal blanks. In addition, optimising the rear portal and the cross members between the rear wheel housings have made the body much stiffer, despite a significant lengthening of 77 mm in the critical zone between the A and C pillars.”
Volks also elucidated that “the rear hatch has also been enlarged compared with the previous model. Nonetheless, the important parameter of torsional rigidity is optimised in the new Tiguan. At 28,000 Nm/degree without a panoramic sunroof, and 25,000 Nm/degree with the panoramic sunroof, the figures for the new Tiguan comfortably surpass those of the previous model.”
The interior design powered in the new Tiguan by the designers is resolute with the fact that size is not an end in itself, but, the worldwide Volkswagen products maker strongly believes it is one of the factors that determine comfort and as such, the new Tiguan which used to have an interior 26mm longer than previously is now one of the most spacious cars in its class.
At the rear, up to three passengers can now enjoy 29mm 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, has been raised to 8mm in the new Tiguan.
Volkswagen also elucidated that the new Tiguan also offers a sliding rear bench that was optimised to permit 180mm of adjustment which is 20mm 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.”
The SUV design language is also taken up consistently in the interior décors of this amazing new Tiguan.
The cockpit, for example, is now aligned towards the driver for better comfort and without narrowing the airy impression of the interior. At the same time, the wider centre console typical of SUVs is paired with the new 4MOTION Active Control rotary switch to create a defining interior element with a premium feel as in the current Touareg. In the pleasant atmosphere of the ambient lighting the sophisticated overall impression is completed by the panoramic roof of 870 mm x 1,364 mm, available as an option and details like the elegant door handles and smart trim strips.
By virtue of its MQB underpinnings, the new Tiguan is packed with the very latest technology which is bound to mesmerize customers with great taste for luxury cars.
For instance, new to the compact SUV class, this new model Tiguan has a very reliable Active Info Display which follows the latest Passat, but with the SUV gadgets.
In combination with the display of the radio or navigation system the Active Info Display in the Tiguan SUV creates a virtual, flexible human-machine interface (HMI) which complements one another. In all there are six different views available for the optional 12.3-inch Active Info Display.
Also unique to the Tiguan is an off-road display profile with steering angle indicator and compass that was specially designed for the car. When navigation is activated the large central display can be selected, as in the Passat. Here, 3D navigation is shown directly in the Active Info Display, in addition to the infotainment screen.
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
The Petrol Engine has a 1.4-litre TSI with 92kW has up to 200 Nm of torque. It is a four cylinder in-line direct injection turbocharged engine, with four valves per cylinder. It is available with a six speed manual transmission.
The 1.4-litre TSI with an 110kW delivers up to 250 Nm of torque. This engine has cylinder deactivation technology (ACT) which is available for the first time in the Volkswagen model range in South Africa. This technology temporarily shuts off the second and third cylinder, which depending on the driving style, reduces the fuel consumption. The Tiguan SUV also has four cylinder in-line direct injection turbocharged engine, with four valves per cylinder, available with six speed DSG transmission.
And both engines carry the superb BlueMotion Technology. As such contain a Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems to enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions.
The new Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is no doubt an indisputably road master and by all standard, promises to outwit every motor way with its reliability and confidence.
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; and Service Interval is 15 000km.