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VW doesn't mess with the formula for new Tiguan

VW doesn't mess with the formu...
VW says there will be eight engine options, ranging from an 85 kW motor in entry level cars to a 176 kW range-topper
VW says there will be eight engine options, ranging from an 85 kW motor in entry level cars to a 176 kW range-topper
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The new Tiguan is replacing a best-seller
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The new Tiguan is replacing a best-seller
With its angular headlamps and sharp creases, the Tiguan shares styling cues with the Cross Coupe GTE concept shown earlier this year in Detroit
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With its angular headlamps and sharp creases, the Tiguan shares styling cues with the Cross Coupe GTE concept shown earlier this year in Detroit
The new Tiguan is built on the MQB platform that underpins the VW Golf
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The new Tiguan is built on the MQB platform that underpins the VW Golf
Luggage space has been increased in the new car, especially with the rear seats folded down
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Luggage space has been increased in the new car, especially with the rear seats folded down
VW's styling mightn't be all that exciting, but it does mean its cars age well
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VW's styling mightn't be all that exciting, but it does mean its cars age well
The GTE version of the Tiguan is a hybrid concept for now, but should make production
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The GTE version of the Tiguan is a hybrid concept for now, but should make production
Just like the VW Golf, the Tiguan looks a bit plainer than its Japanese counterparts
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Just like the VW Golf, the Tiguan looks a bit plainer than its Japanese counterparts
The rear end borrows a lot from the VW Golf
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The rear end borrows a lot from the VW Golf
VW says that eight engines will be available for the new Tiguan
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VW says that eight engines will be available for the new Tiguan
VW says there will be eight engine options, ranging from an 85 kW motor in entry level cars to a 176 kW range-topper
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VW says there will be eight engine options, ranging from an 85 kW motor in entry level cars to a 176 kW range-topper
The new Tiguan will be absolutely chock full of active safety and convenience features
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The new Tiguan will be absolutely chock full of active safety and convenience features
The GTE Concept looks production ready
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The GTE Concept looks production ready
Sharp styling is one thing, but the car's all-wheel drive should give it sharp handling, too
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Sharp styling is one thing, but the car's all-wheel drive should give it sharp handling, too
Inside, the Tiguan's cabin looks just like that of the Golf
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Inside, the Tiguan's cabin looks just like that of the Golf
VW's touchscreen display will support Android and Apple phones
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VW's touchscreen display will support Android and Apple phones
It might be pictured off road here, but most Tiguans won't see gravel or dirt
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It might be pictured off road here, but most Tiguans won't see gravel or dirt
The new Tiguan has been made bigger than its predecessor
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The new Tiguan has been made bigger than its predecessor
VW sold over 2.6 million examples of the previous Tiguan
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VW sold over 2.6 million examples of the previous Tiguan
Rear seat passengers should have more space
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Rear seat passengers should have more space
With eight engines available, the Tiguan should cater to most tastes
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With eight engines available, the Tiguan should cater to most tastes
A range of interior options are available
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A range of interior options are available
On big wheels, the Tiguan is quite an attractive car
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On big wheels, the Tiguan is quite an attractive car
The new VW Tiguan can tow 2,500 kg
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The new VW Tiguan can tow 2,500 kg
The new VW Tiguan
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The new VW Tiguan
The Tiguan has all the hallmarks of a VW design, including horizontal grille and square edges
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The Tiguan has all the hallmarks of a VW design, including horizontal grille and square edges
The new VW Tiguan can be had with VW's 4Motion all-wheel system
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The new VW Tiguan can be had with VW's 4Motion all-wheel system
The new VW Tiguan
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The new VW Tiguan
Volkswagen's latest SUV has grown inside and out
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Volkswagen's latest SUV has grown inside and out
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Volkswagen has used the Frankfurt Motor Show to take the wraps off an all-new Tiguan. Having sold over 2.6 million examples of the original VW hasn't messed with the formula too much, instead taking an evolutionary approach to its styling, as well as offering up a concept Hybrid.

For anyone who followed our coverage of this year's Detroit Auto Show, the new Tiguan will look familiar. That's because it bears a striking resemblance to the Cross Coupe GTE. Both cars have angular headlamps and sharply creased flanks, topped off with VW's horizontal grille.

The rear end borrows a lot from the VW Golf
The rear end borrows a lot from the VW Golf

Whereas the Cross Coupe was a concept, the Tiguan has been designed with far more practical considerations in mind. It's built on the brand's MQB platform, and boasts a boot that can hold 615 liters (21.7 cu.ft) with the seats up and 1,655 liters (58.45 cu.ft) with the seats folded flat. That's 145 liters (5.12 cu.ft) more than its predecessor.

Details about the engines that are available are thin on the ground at the moment but VW says there will be eight options, ranging from an 85 kW (114 hp) motor in entry level cars to a 176 kW (236 hp) range-topper.

Also displayed at the Frankfurt Show was a GTE Version of the Tiguan with a 160 kW (215 hp) hybrid powertrain. Although just a concept at the moment, we expect it to reach production sooner rather than later.

A range of interior options are available
A range of interior options are available

As you might expect of the German manufacturer, the new Tiguan will be absolutely chock full of active safety and convenience features. That means automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist and integration with VW's Media Control App.

Source: Volkswagen

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3 comments
gizmowiz
VW is sure letting us down on it's proposed Cross Blue. It's seemingly been shelved as no word on it for almost a year.
Howell Haus
Until VW arrives with a Plug-in Hybrid that utilizes a 'true series hybrid' utilizing a diesel genset - that is matched to optimum charging and an easily accessible, easy to replace, mostly recyclable battery... then why ? On paper, their Tdi drive vehicle outperform other hybrid and electric vehicles on a total carbon footprint, except in scenarios where the vehicle owner can supply entirely renewable energy during recharging.
Please don't confuse me with someone who doesn't support EVs - I most certainly do. But overall, we have to consider total lifecycle cost, inputs including extraction and end-of-life up and down cycling. By these measures, it makes more sense for me to refit a fairly recent Tdi engine to my gas-powered VW Camper Van, convert the fuel system to biodiesel, and drive that for the next million miles (or ride my bike)...
Druid
Yeah but you can bet they are changing the firmware...