Described by Volkswagen as a “revolution instead of evolution” the new Tiguan adopts a crisp new style in place of the softer forms that defined the original.
Built atop the modular MQB platform of the Volkswagen group, the new Tiguan’s body is 50kg lighter than its predecessor. It’s also larger - overall length of 4486mm grows by 60mm, the 2681mm wheelbase is 77mm longer and the 1839mm width grows by 30mm. Height however drops by 33mm to 1632mm (for front wheel drive models).
Two wheelbase lengths have been developed for the new Tiguan, the regular Tiguan is being shown at Frankfurt. A long wheelbase version, aimed at the USA and China, will be introduced in 2017.
Under the bonnet Volkswagen offers a range of eight engines for the European market, all powerplants feature turbocharging, direct injection, stop-start system, and battery regeneration as standard.
The four petrol engines offer 92kW, 110kW, 132kW, and 162kW of power. The four diesel engine options are rated at 85kW, 110kW, 140kW, and 176kW.
Front-wheel drive is offered with the 92kW TSI petrol and 85kW TDI diesel engines, while all others in the range are teamed with optional, or standard all wheel drive.
Models equipped with 4MOTION all wheel drive sit 11mm higher for greater off-road clearance. A special off-road front end can also be optioned, which improves approach angle from 18.3 degrees to 25.6 degrees.
A new 4MOTION Active Control mode switch is located in the centre console which allows the driver to select from two on-road profiles, Onroad or Snow, and two off-road profiles, Offroad, which provides automatic control, or Individual, which can be configured by the driver.
Buyers after a more road-focused look can opt for the R-Line package which adds body-coloured highlights to the plastic cladding, 19-inch or optional 20-inch alloy wheels, and gloss black aerodynamic elements including a rear diffuser. Sports pedals, a black roof lining, and cloth and microfibre upholstery make up the interior changes.
Infotainment is provided by either a five-inch monochrome head unit or five- and eight-inch touchscreen systems. MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available and available online services allow the Tiguan to search for nearby available parking spaces or service stations, and display pricing information.
Radar based adaptive cruise control, three-zone climate control, city emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, lane departure warning, a fully digital 12.3-inch gauge cluster, and headup display, have also been made available, depending on the trim level selected.
Interior space has been boosted with a sliding rear seat that offers 18cm of travel and offers up to 29mm more kneeroom than the outgoing model. Boot space also grows, witht he rearseats forward up to 615 litres of cargo volume is available, growing to 1655 litres with the rear seat folded.