The all-new SUV of the Volkswagen Tiguan has evolved in more ways than one.
The second generation is bigger in every dimension, giving it a more spacious cabin and finally a decent sized cargo bay.
But when it comes to showrooms in September, the new Tiguan will also cost more.
The current model is already at the bottom of the compact SUV class, but Volkswagen has suggested the price of the new version will increase, with a vast model range likely to last from $ 30,000 to $ 50,000.
This is part of Volkswagen’s plan to continue building the brand as a bridge between mainstream and luxury.
Jeff Shafer, head of Volkswagen Australia’s product planning, Jeff Shafer said, “ There is nothing out of reach, we want to position our vehicles as high-end but to the people.
Finally, the German automaker has introduced an unprecedented level of technology and safety equipment in the compact SUV segment in Australia, such as automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection). set), the bonnet pops up to protect pedestrians if it fails. , nine airbags, LED headlights, lane-keeping assist, a head-display and similar widescreen digital display found on the $ 300,000 Audi R8 supercar.
Volkswagen Australia has yet to confirm which of these features will be standard across the range and will be reserved for more dear variants.
There will be five engine options on the four model grades.
Among the more basic revisions, we expect to see standard fare including Apple CarPlay, rear view camera, electronic park brakes, handy tray-folding tables on the back of the front seats, vents steam and power source for the second row.
Regardless of the standard and the option, the Tiguan buyer obviously may need more research than usual before going to the dealership: there will be five engine options on four model levels.
Starting the range is the 110TSI powered by a 1.4-liter petrol engine paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG automatic.
If history were a guide, the price leader would be the only model that could sneak below the $ 30,000 price plus road prices, but the automatic gearbox that accounts for the majority of sales could cost more than 2500. dollars.
From there, the Tiguan is available with two choices of 2.0-liter petrol engines (132kW / 320Nm or 162kW / 350Nm) and two 2.0-liter turbo diesel engines (110kW / 340Nm or 140kW / 400Nm).
All 2.0-liter petrol and diesel models come with a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Volkswagen hopes to have a fairly even mix of sales across all variants and not foresee any backlash about the recent dieselgategate scandal.
The early signs are good.
Although the new EA288 diesel engine in the new Tiguan is, according to Volkswagen, on the basis of EA189, the same engine at the center of the controversy, it has new technology, including Ad Adueueue, that helps eliminate gas. Latest emission standards.
Significantly, all models of the Tiguan are due to come at the same time, instead of being met for several months as often seen with newcomers.
A sign of insatiable appetite for SUVs around the globe, an even bigger seven-seater version of the Tiguan is expected to appear after about 12 months, and eventually, Volkswagen’s range will be was joined by two smaller SUVs in the city size segment.
So the latest Tiguan is merely the beginning of a new wave of SUVs with a sharp new corporate appearance.
On the road
The international preview drive of the new Volkswagen Tiguan in Berlin is not wide enough to provide definitive feedback, but the early signs are good.
The relatively short test routes went on most smooth roads and highways; Even small numbers of cities and suburban drivers seem to be on the perfect sidewalk.
The end book of the new product line – 110TSI and 162TSI petrol variants – is not available in the media preview as production is still accelerating.
The test facilities were loaded with most of the available technologies.
But the most powerful petrol version of the Tiguan promises new levels of performance for the compact SUV class, with the heart – and the up and down – of a Golf GTI hatchback.
We took 110TDI diesel models and mid-range 132TSI petrol models.
It is difficult to assess how the new model feels on bends and bends, because road conditions are perfect.
But the quietness of the engines is clear and the dual-clutch automatic transmission (sometimes known to be hesitant) is smoother operators than previous iterations.
The test facilities were loaded with almost every available technology, to showcase what was available. So it’s hard to set what is standard and what will be optional.
But buyers of luxury models can at least expect a panoramic length panoramic sunroof before