2016 Delhi Auto Expo: 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan unveiled
The second generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan SUV has made its Indian debut at the ongoing Auto Expo 20016. It global premiered at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015 with increased proportions and lowered kerb weight in comparison to the previous generation model. Built on the Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, the crossover SUV is beingg currently propelled by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol motor delivering 125 PS of maximum power output and the range-topping 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit makes out 140 PS.
As for the drivertrain, both manual and automatic DSG transmissons are featured with two wheel and four wheel drive options to choose as per customers’ needs. The Tiguan GTE plug-in hybrid model gets a 1.4-litre petrol mill and an electric motor paired with it pumping out a combined output of 215 hp maximum power. It is rated to return a fuel efficiency of 52.63 kmpl by Volkswagen and the electric motor is designed to run for about 50 km distance just as in the Passat GTE revealed in unison.
Expected to be imported as CKD(Completely Knocked Down) kits and locally assembled, the 2016 Tiguan SUV could see the market launch during the course of this year. It will be battling for honours against the likes of Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Fortuner and the likes.
The Standard equipment list in the base S model comprises of a 16-inch alloy wheels, a AM/FM/CD sound system with eight speakers and satellite radio, Bluetooth, Volkswagen in-car connected services, a rearview camera for better visual, heated seats and lumbar adjustment for the front passenger and driver seats, roof rails, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers that senses rain, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and keyless entry, push-button start function.
The R-line variant receives a sport suspension and larger 19-inch alloy wheels, whist the top-end boasts automatic climate control, leather seats, panoramic sunroof and navigation system among others.