• Feb 5th 2011 at 4:29PM
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan - Click above for high-res image gallery

While it won't make its official debut until March 1st at the Geneva Motor Show, European customers can begin ordering the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV right now. VW made this announcement and released a small set of official photos yesterday (a leaked screencap also made the rounds earlier in the week).

The base price for the freshened Tiguan, whose styling reflects the automaker's new corporate design language, is set at €24,175 for the Trend & Fun trim, which features the 120-horsepower 1.4L four-cylinder TSI engine. Volkswagen says that it's opening up ordering so far in advance because the old Tiguan is sold out due to its popularity. VW is also quick to point out that the new-look Tiguan's base MSRP is unchanged from the previous version.

No other specs were released at this time, and we're still in the dark as to the updated Tiguan's U.S. launch timetable and pricing (we figure it'll be on hand at the New York Auto Show in April). More info will likely become available as we get closer to Geneva. In the meantime, check out the high-res gallery of the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan below. VW's press release is posted after the jump. Thanks to Kyle for the heads-up.

  • 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

[Source: Volkswagen]
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New Tiguan: Advance sales begin weeks earlier

Prices start at 24,175 euros

Wolfsburg, 04 February 2011 - The new Tiguan is taking a great leap forward in schedule: advance sales of the technically and visually refined bestseller already begin today. The reason: Volkswagen accelerated the start of advance sales several weeks, because sustained high demand for the previous model has resulted in it being sold out. The new Tiguan's world debut will be on March 1st at the Geneva International Motor Show, yet Volkswagen is already announcing the base price of the new Tiguan today: 24,175 euros will be the SUV's price in Germany as a Trend & Fun version with 1.4 TSI (90 kW / 122 PS) engine. This means that the Tiguan is still at the same price level as the previous model despite numerous improvements.

The debut of the Tiguan in 2007 marked the advent of one of the great success stories in the German automotive industry. Practically from a standstill, this Volkswagen advanced to become SUV market leader in Germany. That is still true today: The German Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles reported on 6 January 2011 that the bestselling SUV between Hamburg and Munich continues to be the Tiguan. Now, its successor is launching, and headlines about the new prototype have already appeared in some automotive magazines. The reasons for the Tiguan boom are obvious: with five stars in EuroNCAP crash testing, the Tiguan is one of the safest SUVs, and with its TDI and TSI engines it is also one of the most fuel efficient SUVs; it offers great comfort and quality as well. So, its overall price-to-performance ratio sets a new benchmark, as confirmed by numerous comparison tests in the automotive media.

The Tiguan has long been one of the most popular Volkswagens in the world. Its highest volume markets: all of Europe, Russia, USA, China, Brazil and Australia. In Germany, its average market share in the segment of compact SUVs grew to about 21 percent in the year 2010, and across Europe it was twelve percent. Globally, a total of 572,000 Tiguans have been delivered since it was first launched in autumn 2007. The Touareg's smaller brother is now poised to continue this success story with a new look and advanced technologies.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      We just started 2011. Why is this a 2012 model?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just not a fan of the new grill and headlight configuration VW is using. Is it just me or does it make it look short and squat? Maybe they look better in person and it's just weird photography.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LED running lights are getting a bit played out...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep. They are the new fender vents.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about a 2.0TDI here? Everybody knows VW builds good all wheel drive systems.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree need diesel. Especially if its the 3.0l with >400lb ft of torque (like in the current Touareg). Sports diesel is possible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Starting price is $44K, while a comparable SRX or Lincoln MKX is way below that...

        You could even pick up a well used range rover for that amount.

        I know its got better off road capabilities than an SRX or MKZ, but those two have superior in car technologies and are prestigious brands,
        a used range rover has off road capabilities.

        My problem with it is pricing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually I am not sure that anyone knows that VW builds a good anything.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a great looking vehicle, my preconceptions are with reliability. I'd rather take my chances with a chevy equinox, ford edge(my touch, ahh yeah), Honda CRV, Toyota Rav4, Nissan rogue, or even a Hyundai tucson/Kia Sorento before gambling my money on the German make.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        How do morons like you learn to use computers?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um, GTI? Are you familiar with that one?
      • 4 Years Ago

      I still don't see how VW, when they were in the DESIGN phase of the Tiguan, didn't make it L O N G E R. You know, so it would actually be practical for long trips and hauling gear, etc.

      It's essentially a Golf on steroids. In case anyone hasn't noticed, the countryside in Europe ain't as big and broad as it is here in NA. Some of us (VW owners) actually like to recreate out in the great outdoors, as much as I like my VW's (for years) they are just totally CLUELESS. Even Toyota has the RAV4 - they don't try and tell us what we need, they actually just build a vehicle type that we can use, and I'm not big on Toyotas - but they made it L O N G E R.

      Another dumb VW idea that shows they don't know and don't listen. If only Toyota made the RAV4 with a manual stick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like this car a lot and wish VW would give us the TDI option and give us the 4wd system off the Touareg(which I read is suppose to be more capable).
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