Volkswagen is presenting the second-generation Tiguan at the 2015 IAA. It’s lighter and more comfortable than its predecessor.
The Tiguan is the first compact SUV Volkswagen has produced on the basis of its Modular Transverse Matrix program. Of course, the basic module is excellent in its own right, equipped with all the right technology as well as attractive proportions. For example, it’s important for an SUV to have very short overhangs in front. The new Tiguan is 30 millimeters wider and 30 millimeters shorter than its predecessor. It also has an additional 80 millimeters between the wheels, i.e. a bigger wheelbase. But it’s hardly any longer, so it’s still a compact model.
All told the new SUV is 4.49 meters long. And it offers passengers much more room inside.
The trunk has also grown, with a total of 1655 liters of storage space.
But VW is planning to offer even more space, pointing to a longer version of the Tiguan with an additional third row of seats.
The Tiguan is available in three gasoline-powered and four diesel versions. The TSI gas engines range from 120 to 220 horsepower, while the diesels range from 115 to 240 horsepower. All the basic engines feature front-wheel drive, and the other versions allow customers to choose all-wheel drive (which is standard in some models). The all-wheel, 4Motion models are 11 centimeters taller.
The Tiguan GTE affords a glimpse of the future of the best-selling SUV. This prototype is a plug-in hybrid with 218 horsepower.
There’s also a Tiguan in R-Line look on display. Light alloy wheels, aerodynamic features, a roof spoiler and a glossy black diffusor add some extra pizzazz.
We’ll be watching to see how the market develops. We already have an R-Line on offer, and it has been very well received, so it’s possible to imagine an even more sporty version down the line.
VW hopes the second generation of the Tiguan will be as successful as the first, which sold 2.6 million units.