The stretched Tiguan variant is expected to be about 110mm longer than the regular five-seat second-generationVolkswagen Tiguan we recently drove ahead of its launch here this September, and will greatly increase the breadth of the company’s SUV family.
That should help the engine range, which is fairly limited at launch. The range is basically a set of 2.0-litre four-pots, including the turbodiesel and, in this test, the TSI petrol engine putting out 178bhp. This engine comes automatically with the automatic gearbox, the very effective seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. That works with the 4Motion four-wheel drive to offer seamless drive on the road and some real ability off-road as well.
For Volkswagen, the new Tiguan marks the beginning of an SUV product offensive. In upcoming years, the brand will be launching other innovative SUVs that are precisely tailored to specific markets in a wide variety of segments worldwide. Volkswagen will be extending the range of SUV vehicles it offers, especially in the USA. Forecasts indicate that the SUV share will also increase significantly in China. Additional SUV growth will also occur in Europe. Unlike in Europe, car drivers in the USA and China prefer versions with a longer wheelbase. That is why the new Tiguan was systematically developed for two different wheelbases from the start. The “long” Tiguan will be introduced to specific markets in spring 2017.
It’s the right car for the moment – there’s no shortage of demand for handsome, tech-laden SUVs – and a fine way for Volkswagen to climb from the canvas and come up swinging from what could have been a knockout blow.