Volkswagen Tiguan spied in India

With an estimated price tag of around Rs 28 lakh, the Volkswagen Tiguan will clash with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, the Ford Endeavour and the Chevrolet Trailblazer in the SUV segment

After being unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi earlier this year, the Volkswagen Tiguan has been spied at a dealership in Bengaluru recently. Unveiled internationally last year, the car is expected to be launched in India later in 2016.

Having checked out the Tiguan, in an LHD avatar, at an exclusive showcasing in Mumbai recently, we were pretty impressed by the new SUV that could help Volkswagen tap into this quickly growing segment in the country. The Tiguan rides on the German carmaker’s MQB structure that also underpins the current Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Passat.

On the outside, it’s nothing too flashy but doesn’t offend you with the styling either. Being 60mm longer, 33mm lower and 30mm wider than its global predecessor, the car sure bears an noticable road presence. At 2,681mm, the wheelbase is longer too, but the Tiguan is still 50 kilos lighter than the outgoing one.

The Tiguan comes with a choice of two powertrains – a 2.0-litre turbodiesel unit developing 140PS and 323Nm and a 1.4-litre TSI petrol affair that puts out 122PS and 240Nm. Given the diesel car ban in the NCR, we expect VW to bring in the smaller of the two engines to India. Seeing how most SUVs in the Tiguan’s segment are rarely taken off-road, we believe its base versions will be offered as front wheel drive although higher variants are expected to get all-wheel drive as an option.