The much anticipated Volkswagen second-generation Tiguan model arrives in showrooms in July of this year and order books are now opening across Volkswagen’s dealer network. The Tiguan will start from €29,720 in petrol form, with a 1.4-litre TSI engine putting out 125bhp and starts at €33,765 for a 2.0-litre TDI engine putting out 150bhp. There is one diesel engine size available initially, a 2.0-litre unit, putting out 150bhp with a choice of two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, with 4Motion All-Wheel Drive available in diesel engines from 150bhp upwards. An entry-level 2.0-litre diesel, putting out 115bhp will be available in early 2017, as well as 2.0-litre diesel engines with 190- and 240 bhp, pricing has yet to be finalised for these models.
The traditional specification grades for Volkswagen are used with new Tiguan, starting with Trendline and moving through Comfortline, up to the highest specification – Highline. Even entry-level Trendline models get 17” Montana alloy wheels, Air Conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and USB interface. There is a raft of safety features as standard including ESC, Lane Assist, ISOFIX points for two child seats and the front assist including city automatic emergency braking.
Comfortline models add 17” Tulsa alloy wheels, a multifunction leather steering wheel, more storage compartments, silver roof rails, 65% light absorbing rear side and rear windows, cornering lights, 6.5” Composition Media radio system with CD player and 8 speakers, Premium Multifunction Display, ParkPilot with acoustic and visual warning signals, adaptive cruise control and “Climatronic” 3-zone climate control.
Highline, the highest specification level gets a full spectrum of standard items including 18” Kingston alloy wheels, LED headlights, a chrome strip on the rear and a chrome bar on the air intake, ArtVelours seat upholstery, active info display, park assist including rear view camera, electrically folding, heated and adjustable wing mirrors, hill descent control and dynamic headlight range adjustment.
The new Tiguan is the first Volkswagen Group SUV to be based on the MQB platform, and this means the new model is lighter, more efficient, more spacious and comes with a more dramatic drive system. The new Tiguan is longer, lower and wider than the model it replaces and it starts the arrival of a range of SUVs in the Volkswagen range. There is a big step-up in quality with the new Tiguan, which will very much be the premium offering in the segment.
“The Tiguan arrives in a segment that has blossomed this year,” said Volkswagen Ireland’s Head of Operations, Paul Burke. “There has been a huge shift towards SUVs here in Ireland, and Volkswagen’s new Tiguan will install itself as the premium offering in this segment thanks to the fabulous build quality, increased interior and luggage space and generous equipment levels.”
Volkswagen dealers can now take provisional orders for the new car, with first deliveries expected in time for the 162-plate. There is currently a roadshow taking place where customers can get the chance to view the new model in their local Volkswagen dealership.