Before the emissions-shaped storm hit the car industry, Volkswagen introduced the second generation Tiguan to the public.


VW, quite literally the day before the scandal broke, unveiled the new SUV to positive reviews at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The first generation Tiguan has sold 2.64 million units worldwide since its release in 2007. After almost a decade, the seven-seater SUV is certainly ready for an upgrade.

The 2016 Tiguan had four versions to show the international public last month: the sporty R-Line, classic on-road model, the off-road model, and the most interesting model, the Tiguan GTE – a concept, plug-in hybrid vehicle. The latter, which probably wouldn’t have seen the production belt if it weren’t for the emissions scandal revelations, will now become a part of the Volkswagen Tiguan range. A smart move given VW’s diesel backlash.

Revealed properly – amongst apologies and with a roof – at the Tokyo Motor Show a few days ago, the GTE will feature an industry first solar-panelled roof, and be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor to achieve 215bhp.

The Tiguan GTE - a concept, plug-in hybrid car that we may see on the market in the future.

The Tiguan GTE – just a concept this time last month and now a future reality. (Photograph from the September IAA.)

Now, back to the not-as-interesting-but-still-pretty-cool Tiguan. Volkswagen are giving buyers eight different engine options, with their fingers crossed that the emissions scandal doesn’t prove that a waste. Their power output ranges from 113bhp to 237bhp and some promise up to 24% more efficiency. More details about performance and economy figures will be revealed nearer to the launch date (which we also don’t know yet).

A sportier take on the previous model, the new Tiguan boasts a 50kg weight reduction and more interior space for passengers, with a huge 615-litre boot volume or 1,655-litres with the rear seats folded. The car can tow up to 2,500kg and if you opt to fit the 4Motion Active Control, the four-wheel-drive system will be suited to any terrain.


The new Tiguan has a range of equipment as standard, including Front Assist with City Emergency Breaking & Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collisions Braking systems, and Lane Assist. Optional extras include: Trailer Assist (for towing), Area-View, Car-Net Guide & Inform services, Car-Net App Connect, and Car-Net Security & Service.

Prices and release dates are yet to be announced, but the new Tiguan is expected to be available in spring 2016.




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