• Dec 4th 2006 at 4:06PM
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The 2.0L "Clean TDI" Bluetec diesel sitting in the engine bay of the Volkswagen Tiguan "concept" that bowed at LA last week will be featured in the production car as well. The production Tiguan TDI will keep the pollution in check through the use of a NOx catalytic storage converter, particulate filter, and other technology.

Don't expect to see the TDI right away, though. According to VW's Steve Keyes, the little utility will launch rather soon with a gasoline engine in the Fall '07. The TDI will arrive after that.

Watch (and hear) the TDI-equipped Tiguan in action here.

[Source: Automotive News (sub req)]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow I can't belive V.W.makes orange lemons now.
      From Steve a V.W. owner.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a 96 Passat TDI with 240,000 on it. The engine is rock solid. Mine was one of the first to tbe brought into the Unite States. I got 180,000 out of my first clutch. AC compressors seem to last about 120,000 miles. Biggest problem area has been the door handles.
        • 8 Years Ago
        "Only time will tell if the VW TDI will be reliable."

        Are you f-ing crazy?? The TDI has been out since 1997 with a strong factor being reliability! I'm on my 3rd TDI and none of them have failed me, over 140K on the 3 TDI's combined. You can't beat going almost 900 miles on a 18.5 gallon tank!! Yes, 900 miles I've been on a tank in my 97 1.9L Passat TDI!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a owner of a 2000 VW Passat 1.8T GLS for about 7 years, I think VW makes solid/reliable engines (except for the ignition coil issues, which were replaced free by VW) and transmissions. But, it is the electronic/electrical components that are very unreliable.
      The doors close with a "clunk" the same way they used to 7 years ago..

      So far, I have spent over $2000.00 on these broken electrical/electronic components and a broken key fob. But, I love the way this thing drives and performs. I also own a Lexus, but prefer to drive my VW more than that car..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Only time will tell if the VW TDI will be reliable. Chrysler bet the farm on it. Lot's of vehicles will be powered by this new 2.0L TDI / CRD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a 96 Passat TDI with 140,000 miles on it. It's my 4th VW. I wouldn't get anything else. It should last another 140,000. Still going strong. 48 mpg and not a drop of oil lost during 10,000 miles of synthetic oil. When the Tiguan comes out, I may order 2 for my kids as college graduation gifts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It´s funny to read about US comments on diesel engines
      because in europe the vast majority of cars have diesel engines. Gasoline is only for cheap small cars here...

      The first 2.0 tdi came out in 2005.

      Some examples of new diesel engines: bmw 123d (2.0; 204 hp or 177 hp; 5,2 L/100Km); passat 2.0 tdi (170 hp or 140 hp); the old 1.9 tdi (starting from 90 hp up to 160 hp); renault 2.0dci (from 120 to 177 hp); toyota 2.2 d4d (177 hp);etc.

      Now for small diesels: 1.1crdi-75hp (kia); 1.3cdti-90 hp(opel); 1.5dci-105hp(renault); 1.6hdi-110hp (peugeot)

      There is a 1.2 tdi with a fuel consumption of 3L/100Km...

      I had a 1.4hdi with an average of 5.5L/100Km after 160000km. I now drive a passat 1.9tdi with 220000km...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank God for VW! Finally a small diesel that incorporates usable torque and great fuel economy in one package. I would buy the thing just for the engine even if it looked like a donkey cart, but the Tiguan's lines are sharp too. I see nothing not to like. Hopefully the VW hierarchy will follow through on their intent to send it to North America.

      • 8 Years Ago
      @Axel: They have a name for someone who constantly bashes something...a troll

      But, I'll bite. To answer Mike, the difference is, there aren't broken VW engines that runs on diesel... I recall laughing the widely-covered coil pack fiasco away since diesels don't even have the parts. Diesel engines (TDIs included) are damn reliable.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Do you expect the UREA based Diesel to excell in reliability than those being produced by both Honda and Subaru WITHOUT UREA?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I too have owned a VW TDI. I beat the crap out of that thing and never got less than 40mpg out of it. I've also talked to more than one person with more than 400k miles on their TDI. If this newer 2.0 is anything like the venerable 1.9, reliability won't be an issue.
      • 8 Years Ago
      140 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque with most likely the best fuel efficiency for an SUV. Great stuff.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @Mike: Blah, we've heard it a nearly a _thousand_ times before from you. You seem to be a professional VW/Audi basher. Do you get paid by someone for your comments here?

      This is sooooo boring.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's the difference between a broken VW engine that runs on petrol and a broken VW engine that runs on diesel?
        • 8 Years Ago
        What's a Broken VW Engine?
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