Tiguan released for ordering (UK)
The Tiguan, Volkswagen’s new compact 4x4, is now available for ordering from UK retailers ahead of its UK launch in February 2008. Prices start at £19,370 for the entry-level model, the S 1.4-litre TSI 4MOTION. This vehicle takes Volkswagen into a new market segment and has been eagerly anticipated since its debut as a concept at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November last year. The final model was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month, just ahead of its on-sale date in mainland Europe.
All Tiguan models will be offered with standard 4MOTION ‘intelligent’ four-wheel drive. The front axle adopts a strut type system linked to a lightweight aluminium support frame with electromechanical power steering. A four-link rear axle lends the Tiguan sharp dynamics suited to off-road applications.
The range will be split into four trim levels: S, SE and Sport which have a front end treatment biased towards on-road applications and an 18 degree angle of approach – a figure that defines the angle of slope the Tiguan can traverse. Additionally an Escape trim level will be offered for those customers looking for additional off-road capability. This has a unique front end design featuring a shorter overhang, protective element over the front radiator grille, a sump guard, hill descent control and a compass as well as a 28 degree angle of approach.
Two engines will be available at launch: a 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesel and a 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS petrol unit. Later in 2008 a 170 PS TDI engine and a further pair of TSI petrol engines will be added to the line-up. All diesel engines comply with the strict Euro 5 emissions standard that comes into effect in 2009. Both six-speed manual and tiptronic automatic transmissions will be offered with the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS engine.
Larger externally than the Touran MPV, the Tiguan boasts a class-leading towing capacity of as much as 2,500 kg. The rear bench, which can be moved fore and aft to liberate extra leg or luggage room, provides seating for three passengers; and when the rear seats are folded away, the Tiguan has a load volume of up to 1,510 litres.
Standard equipment levels will be high, with all Tiguans featuring alloy wheels, air conditioning, MP3 compatible CD player, ABS with Hydraulic Brake Assist, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), head and curtain airbags plus twin front and side airbags among a host of other items.
A number of innovative options are also available, including Volkswagen’s new RNS 510 touchscreen satellite navigation and audio system incorporating special navigation software to allow route guidance while off-road. The Park Assist system which was pioneered on the Touran and takes over steering inputs from the driver whilst undertaking reverse parking manoeuvres is also offered on the Tiguan.