Over the years, the Volkswagen Tiguan has gained many variants. There's the turbo-gas, turbodiesel, long-wheelbase, and standard wheelbase. Now, the German automaker has added another body style; a coupe.
Volkswagen is placing its bets on the coupe-crossover market with a chop-top version of the Tiguan. It's called the Tiguan X, and they're gunning for the cosmopolitan customers in China. Yes, this is a China-made model, and that makes it possible for it to land here. Here's why.
SAIC-VW builds the Tiguan X coupe-crossovers. Given the Volkswagen Philippines sources their models from SAIC instead of FAW, that improves the odds of it coming here. At the moment, the only Tiguan offered here is the long-wheelbase version of the first-generation model.
Should Volkswagen Philippines bring it in, it might add some spice to the current range. Besides, the only coupe-like model sold here is the Lamando. We reckon having the Tiguan X alongside the Lamando would compliment it quite nicely. Volkswagen Philippines also needs more crossovers if they want more sales. In a country where ground clearance matters, having another crossover option should do wonders for the brand.
But what does the Tiguan X have to offer? Aside from the rakish exterior, the coupe-crossover features semi-autonomous driving capabilities, a Harman Kardon sound system, a digital instrument cluster, and a glass panel that houses the infotainment system and climate control. On to the engines, the options are worth a mention. There are turbocharged 2.0-liter engines with different power outputs. The base version puts out 186 PS while the more powerful tune packs 220 PS. No manual transmission is available, but it comes standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
It would be nice if Volkswagen expands its local crossover range, and the Tiguan X would be a great addition to the line-up. Of course, we'd be just as happy if they bring in the new-look Tiguan L instead of the coupe-crossover.