The new VW Tiguan has arrived. It will be available in Germany in mid-June; other European countries will follow at the beginning of August, and overseas markets at the end of August.
For this facelifted model, the front end design was completely reinterpreted. The Tiguan is still the only SUV in its class that can be ordered in two different versions: one for on-road use and one specially tuned for off-road driving. Visually, the two models differ in their front ends ("On-road" has an 18 degree angle of approach, "Off-road" 28 degrees).
With the model change, new assistance systems such as Fatigue Detection, the camera-based high beam control systems Light Assist (H7 lights) and Dynamic Light Assist (bi-xenon headlights) as well as the Lane Assist lane-keeping system expand the range of features available on the Tiguan. Also new in the Tiguan: the XDS electronic differential lock – it’s not stated whether all of these features will be available to US customers.
Additionally, all the new powertrains won’t make it Stateside. The European range will include four TSI gasoline engines (1.4 to 2.0 liters) produce between 122hp and 210hp. US drivers can expect to see a 200hp version of the 2.0TSI engine.
There are also three TDI diesel engines spanning a power range from 110hp to 170hp. Also available as an option on the new Tiguan is the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG).
Not yet seen in the US is VW’s BlueMotion Technology, which on European versions of the new Tiguan will have a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration. The results: even with all-wheel drive, the 140hp Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4MOTION BlueMotion Technology, for example, consumes just 40.5mpg US. The new Tiguan replaces a model that became the SUV market leader in Germany soon after its market launch in 2007.
Internationally, the Tiguan has been one of the more popular Volkswagens. Its highest volume markets are Europe, Russia, USA, China, Brazil and Australia. In Germany, its average market share in the compact SUV segment was about 21 percent in 2010, while it was 12 percent across Europe. In total, nearly 700,000 Tiguans have been delivered worldwide since Autumn 2007.