Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Volkswagen | posted September 15, 2015 11:15
All-new Tiguan bigger yet lighter than its predecessor
Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the second generation Tiguan. Based on the familiar MQB platform (Golf, Jetta, A3), the all-new Tiguan, is bigger yet lighter than the model it replaces.
The 2016 Tiguan exterior styling was previewed by the Cross Coupe GTE concept shown in this year's North American International Motor Show. The front features a more sqaurish look with a larger headlight design along with a new bumper that uses rectangular foglights as opposed to the previous circular design. From the side, a character line runs from the top half of fender trim to the rear tail light. It also features a slightly pinched roofline just like the Cross Coupe GTE concept. At the back, more Cross Coupe GTE concept styling cues are seen in the tail lights, tailgate and bumper.
The all-new Tiguan is now 60 mm longer and 30 mm wider. Despite the gain in dimensions, the new Tiguan has lost more than 50 kg and now it sits 33 mm lower. Wheelbase has also been extended to 2681 mm, up by 77 mm from the first generation model.
The increase in dimensions also adds more interior space. Knee room is up by 29 mm and cargo space is now at 615 liters, an increase of 145 liters. For the dash layout, it is similar to the Volkswagen Golf with its high stack center console angled towards the driver. For the rear occupants, the 60:40 split seats can also be adjusted for more legroom. The 2016 Tiguan also comes with more standard equipment with a 5-inch touchscreen standard for the base model. Moving up the spec range upgrades the 5-inch screen to an 8-inch display.
Safety equipment standard for the all-new Tiguan includes Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Lane Assist. Connectivity options available for the crossover are navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
For the initial engine lineup, the 2016 Tiguan comes with a range of four gas and four diesel engines. The two 1.4 liter TSI gas engines put out either 125 PS or 150 PS while the two 2.0 liter engines produce either 180 PS or 220 PS. For the diesels, the four 2.0 liter TDI engines start at 115 PS for the base models, 150 PS for middle-spec models and 190 PS for high-spec models. The top of the line Tiguan also gets a 240 PS TDI engine, making Volkswagen's compact crossover one of the most powerful diesels in its class. Transmissions available for the Tiguan are six-speed manuals and dual-clutch transmissions. The Tiguan puts its power on the road via its front wheels or 4Motion all-wheel drive.
The all-new Tiguan is set to go on sale in Germany later this year.