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
  • 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

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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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