2016 VW Tiguan: Compact SUV
The fun-to-drive SUV.
Since 2009, the Volkswagen Tiguan served as the brand’s compact crossover/SUV. It provided owners a capable small utility vehicle that serves families towards creating adventures in town and beyond. Customers wanted more from their Tiguan. They wanted more space, performance, comfort and capability. They wanted better efficiency and driving experience. Volkswagen listened and went back to the drawing board to deliver a compact crossover/SUV that is designed to satisfy everyone…period. At IAA 2015/Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen delivered with a preview of a brand-new Tiguan.
Versatility combined with performance.
For this second generation Tiguan, Volkswagen designed it to be all-new. It starts with the MQB platform, currently framing the newest Golf models. The platform is designed to be lighter and stronger at the same time, as well as highly versatile. The result is a Tiguan that will be shorter, wider and longer. This includes a longer wheelbase – 105.6 inches – for more passenger space sand improved ride quality. The Tiguan will remain within the right size for better city maneuvering and on-street parking. There are many advantages to the new Tiguan’s size. Larger cargo space, by 1.8 cubic feet over the current model behind the rear seats. Overall cargo space is larger to 58.5 cubic feet. This translates into a more comfortable and accommodating passenger area with major interior upgrades promised over the current model. One of the new features for the upcoming Tiguan is a tailgate could also be operated with just the swipe of a foot.
When the Tiguan comes over here, expect the lineup of MIB II infotainment systems, driven by Car-Net, to be an integral part of the new SUV’s experience. The redesigned interior will also include the new Active Info Display, enabling five different kinds of instrumentation displays catering to specific driver demands on readouts. Other new interior features include a three-zone climate control system, new power seat adjustments with a mechanism to allow easier exit when the ignition is shut off, and the largest panoramic sunroof in its class.
By being lighter and stronger, the Tiguan’s capabilities are also improved. For example, Volkswagen states the new Tiguan could now tow up to 5,512 pounds. It is also built for safety and security, with advanced technologies coming to the Tiguan designed to ensure a better driving experience overall. These technologies will include Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, active hood, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Engines and drivelines have not been announced for the U.S. market, but the new Tiguan is being offered with a selection of gasoline engines elsewhere in the world. Also announced is a concept for a proposed GTE model that offers the availability of plug-in hybrid propulsion. The new Tiguan will be offered in front- and 4Motion all-wheel drive systems.
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Worldwide production should start in the spring of 2016 with first models arriving in April. U.S. production timelines and dealer availability has not been formally announced at this time. Bud Brown Volkswagen is excited to welcome the all-new Tiguan to our showroom next year. Contact us if this could be the next SUV to purchase. The 2016 Tiguan is now available for those who rather not wait, now equipped with the new MIB II family of infotainment systems.