The second generation Volkswagen Tiguan global crossover finally made its debut today at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. To be offered in a choice of four version, the first one will be launched by April 2016. The first countries to receive the new Tiguan will Europe and US. India launch too is on the cards, but it will happen by mid 2017.
Based on Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) architecture, new Tiguan has shed 49.89 kgs (or 110 pounds), become 1.3-inches lower, 1.2-inches wider and 2.4-inches longer as compared to the outgoing generation.
A total of eight engine options will be on offer with the new Tiguan for Europe. Four of these will be petrol TSI motors, while the other four will be diesel TDI mills. The entry level motor will be in the form of 1.4l TSI delivering 125 PS, while the topend gets 2.0l TDI delivering 140 PS. Both manual and automatic DSG transmission options will be on offer, and so will 2WD and 4WD (4Motion) options.
There is also a plug-in hybrid variant on offer – Tiguan GTE. This variant gets 1.4l TSI and an electric motor, together delivering 215 hp. VW claims that this variant delivers a fuel efficiency of 52.63 kmpl. When running only on electric power, the 13 kWh lithium ion battery can drive the car for up to 50 kms.
In India, the new-gen Tiguan is scheduled for launch by mid 2017. Here it will compete with the likes of Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, and Chevrolet Trailblazer.