Frankfurt 2015: New Volkswagen Tiguan SUV showcased

The second generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan SUV made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The VW SUV will be launched in India next year and will be locally assembled at Skoda’s Aurangabad manufacturing facility.

Volkswagen unveiled the new Tiguan SUV at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. The Volkswagen Tiguan has clocked sales of over 2.64 million units globally and the German carmaker is all-set to ride in the second generation of the popular SUV. The new Volkswagen Tiguan is the first Volkswagen Group SUV to employ the MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform. According to Volkswagen by using the MQB platform for the next generation Tiguan, the kerb weight of the SUV is 50kg lesser than its predecessor. Simultaneously cabin space has also increased which would be welcomed by buyers and the luggage compartment space also been hiked. The standard boot volume of the new Tiguan is an impressive 615 litres of cargo (loaded to the back of the rear bench); but with the rear seats folded, its capacity increases to 1,655 litres (up 145 litres from the first generation model).

Volkswagen displayed four version of the Tiguan at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The models included the sporty Tiguan R-Line, the Classic on-road model and an off-road version tuned specifically to tackle off-road sections. Meanwhile, the VW Tiguan GTE – a concept vehicle with a plug-in hybrid drive with a power output of 218PS indicated the fact that hybrid Tiguan can’t be discounted in the near future with emission norms getting stringent. The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan will be offered in a varied range of petrol and diesel powerplants available in different state of tunes from 115PS to 240PS. On the Indian context, the Volkswagen Tiguan will be powered by the 190PS, 2.0-litre displacement diesel mill sourced from the VW Passat.

Despite the fact that new engines powering the Volkswagen Tiguan have gained more power they are 24 per cent more fuel efficient than the older model. The SUV also sports 4MOTION Active Control that allows the driver to adjust the all-wheel drive system more individually and in an easier manner. The VW Tiguan’s infotainment system has been tuned to integrate smart phones of the Apple and Android world via App Connect. The new Volkswagen Tiguan will be launched in the Indian market by end of next year and will be most likely unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo alongwith the VW compact Sedan. The SUV will be locally assembled at Skoda’s Aurangabad manufacturing facility as it is based on the MOQB platform to keep costs low and pricing will be vital to the success of the new Tiguan in India.