• Mar 2, 2011
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan - Click above for high-res image gallery

The trusty Volkswagen Tiguan gets a modest refresh for the 2012 model year, most immediately noticed by the revised front fascia. The German automaker's new corporate face is nicely presented on the small crossover, incorporating an attractive set of LED running lamps, similar to the larger Touareg.

The other major change for 2012 isn't anything visual, but instead a mechanical change to the six-speed automatic transmission that yields a healthy boost in fuel economy. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is now capable of achieving 29 miles per gallon on the highway – up from 25 mpg in the 2011 model. Volkswagen lowered the shift point RPM for each gear, moved the idle speed down to 600 RPM and adjusted the ratios of fifth and sixth gear to improve highway cruising economy.

Volkswagen will still be pricing the Tiguan above the majority of its competition, and while official numbers haven't been released as of yet, expect things to continue to sit around the $23,000 mark. Click through our high-res gallery below to see the 2012 Tiguan live from the Geneva Motor Show floor.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I spy a 4Motion TDI.... I really hope that one makes it here to the US later this year.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The biggest trait that set the Tiguan apart was its GTI like reflexes. Changing transmission programming to improve fuel economy will dull that distinction. It's an old GM trick - sell cars with high output engines, but humble them with aggressively economical transmissions to advertise impressive EPA numbers. On paper, it's the best of both worlds. In practice, it just leaves drivers wondering where the horsepower went, urging them to press the gas pedal harder and never actually achieve the advertised fuel economy figures.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well said.....completely agree. Now if VW can adjust the Tiguan's price, way too $$$.
        MKIV 20 Jetta
        • 3 Years Ago
        I couldn't have said it better myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why didn't VW just use their 7 speed double clutch transmission?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The maximum ratio spread of the DQ500 is 7.45:1
        That is more than fine for off-roading, so long as top gear isn't that tall.
        VW could have matched top gear, circa 30mph per 1K rev, which allows for 1st gear to be about 4mph per 1K.
        That is shorter than the front wheel drive manual transmission, and it is a wet clutch pack, so overheating shouldn't be a concern.

        Porsche could have EASILY used their double clutch in the Cayenne, it has a 10.1:1 ratio spread, much greater than the 8 speed autos they are using [over 7:1]
        • 3 Years Ago
        The DSG is not cut out for Off Road work I've been told... this is why the Touareg and Cayenne also use a slushbox...8 speed slushbox nonetheless, the PDK can't take the Cayenne Off Road, and since the PDK and DSG are one in the same, i imagine it's that same issue.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about the rumored long-wheelbase version?

        • 3 Years Ago
        I've seen conflicting reports... some say its only going to China, some say only the US, some say they ain't even gonna put into production. And I think one said it wouldn't happen until an all new US built model (read: cheaper) can be had. Face it, VW hates us... well, our economy anyway... but who doesn't?
      • 3 Years Ago
      One must wonder if the revisions are designed to improve VW's longstanding sub-par reliability ratings.

      With an score typically near the bottom of vehicle dependability charts, VW needs to focus on fixing what is wrong with slow and steady focus on quality and improved customer service.
      • 3 Years Ago
      helo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Diiiiiiesel! Diiiiiiesel! Diiiiiesel!
      • 3 Years Ago
      DSG certainly would make this car harder not to buy. If Eos can have it, so should Tig.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The VW ratio shifting and shift point changes make perfect sense to me. "S" is just one click away from "D". It allows them to get the EPA numbers, and keeps a fun "S" mode on tap.
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