We first saw the concept version of the Volkswagen Tiguan last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, followed by final prototype testing in Africa just a few weeks ago. Now Volkswagen has released photos of the production version that the world will see in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. There aren't any surprises or significant changes to the styling but we do have some extra technical information.
Worldwide the Tiguan will be available with a range of turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engines. Overseas there will be three gas-fueled TSI engines ranging from 150hp to 200hp along with a pair of TDI diesels. Here in the US we will only get the 200hp TFSI engine currently available in the GTI to start with. Shortly after the introduction a BlueTec clean diesel will be added to the US lineup. Hopefully the TSI engines and DSG gearboxes used elsewhere will come here soon as well. Speaking of introduction, the Tiguan will go on sale everywhere in May 2008. VW has a micro-site dedicated to the Tiguan at www.tiguan-base.com.
Powerful appearance – this is the new Tiguan
-Statement: new Volkswagen SUV with powerful design
-Borderliner: predestined for the street, in top form for off-road
Wolfsburg, June 28, 2007 – With the first pictures of the new Tiguan Volkswagen is starting the countdown for the debut of it's 14th model series. The Sports Utility Vehicle – SUV for short – will be presented to the public for the first time in September as part of the International Motor Show (IAA in Frankfurt). A combination of power and elegance characterizes the design of the new Tiguan. It was conceived as a borderliner between the urban world and endless landscapes, between business and leisure time. The Tiguan is a multitalent with driving characteristics that are just as agile as they are comfortable, high utility value and groundbreaking technologies.
Like the Touareg, the second Volkswagen SUV also presents a self-confident design. Shaping the front of the new Tiguan are the sexy proportions that Volkswagen first introduced with the Concept A Study that garnered worldwide attention – a crossover of a coupe and SUV. On the sides an elongated and powerfully modulated silhouette spans between the extended wheel arches with a – typical Volkswagen – unmistakable C-pillar. A very short overhang characterizes the steep rear end. Also significant are the front headlights and rear lights with matching shapes.
First facts on Tiguan engines: Volkswagen will offer the SUV – and this for the first time worldwide – exclusively with turbocharged direct injection engines. This "high-performance turbocharging" significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions, yet immensely increases dynamics and driving fun.
Overall there are three TSI and two TDI engines. Of these the completely new developments are the extremely quiet TDIs with common rail fuel injection. They achieve 103 kW / 140 hp and 125 kW / 170 hp and at 1,750 rpm already output 320 Nm or 350 Nm in four-wheel drive. Both TDIs already meet the limits of the Euro-5 standard first coming into effect in 2009.
Also getting to the point powerfully, economically and cleanly are the turbocharged direct injection gasoline engines in the performance levels 110 kW /150hp, 125kW /170hpand147 kW /200hp. New to the Volkswagen program are the 150 hp and 170 hp versions. A glance at the torque values makes one sense that the TSIs are very high torque. The 150-hp TSI already develops a self-assured 240 Nm (from 1,750 rpm). In the 170 hp and 200 hp performance range it is 280 Nm (from 1,800 rpm each).
"Tiguan Base" on the internet shows just how big the interest is in the new Tiguan. Visitors to www.tiguan-base.com can log in to the virtual world of the Tiguan. The development stages of the new SUV are presented in photos, films and facts. Within just 15 weeks – and this is sensational – more than one million people have made use of it worldwide. It looks as though the Tiguan is developing into an exciting chapter in the history of the automobile.