Volkswagen group is taking the compact crossover segment really seriously and that can be seen from the product they are launching off-late. And in continuation of their earlier efforts in the crossover segment, Volkswagen has just revealed the all-new 2017 Tiguan SUV in the U.S, ahead of its global debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Volkswagen has revealed four versions of the new Tiguan, which is now riding on the company's MQB platform.
And why is the compact crossover segment so important can be judged by the fact that Volkswagan alone sells 8.93 SUVs in the global market as of now. And if their predictions are to be believed, the sales will grow by 9 percent, to 8.93 million by 2018. And the Tiguan, which was first rolled out in 2007, has till date sold 2.64 million units, of which 500,000 units were produced in 2014 alone, a 9 percent growth over the previous year.
And now that the VW is ready with the all-new Tiguan, they hope to continue dominating the SUV market in Germany and other countries. The all-new Tiguan has gone under a knife quite heavily, and it weighs in at least 55 kgs lighter than the current generation. And the weight loss hasn't come at the expense on the dimensions, which interestingly has grown from every angle.
There's an added length of 2.4 inches, 1.2 inches width and at least 1.3 inches lower than the current model. In addition to all these, the wheelbase has also been expanded by three more inches. And what the added inches does is creates more room for passengers and cargo inside. The overall cargo area has been increased by 1.8 cubic feet, while the rear legroom has been increased by 1.1 inches.
The new Tiguan looks aggressive, thanks to the grille in front that stretches all the way across, connecting with the headlights, making it look wider visually. The rear profile is more angular now and makes the overall design look more chiseled and young. The interiors are also new age now with added features such as an 12.3-inch Active Info display digital instrument panel, that can be added as an optional package.
As for the power units, the European model will get a choice of eight engine options - four powered by petrol and four by diesel. The engines will produce the power in a band of 123 to 237 horsepower. VW will showcase the standard, 4Motion, and R-Line variants at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in addition to the Tiguan GTE plug-in hybrid concept, which combines a 1.4-litre TSI engine with an electric motor with a total system output of 215 hp. A 13 kWh lithium-ion battery with 31 miles electric range will power the motor.
Volkswagen is said to launch the Tiguan in the international markets by April 2016, though, will it make its way to the Indian shores is not clear yet. VW will also launch a longer wheelbase version of the Tiguar next year, which is aimed directly at customers in the US and China that prefer larger vehicles.