The Volkswagen Tiguan five-seater will be reintroduced in November after being withdrawn in April 2020 as the brand migrated to the BS6 era. Volkswagen debuted the India-spec Tiguan facelift earlier this year, and it has since changed from a diesel-powered variant to a petrol-only model. Volkswagen has given the SUV some minor visual changes. The interior will be changed, and the feature list will be updated. AWD and a 190hp 2.0 TSI engine will be standard.
Volkswagen Tiguan: engine and transmission
The new Tiguan will be powered by the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TSI turbo-petrol engine that powers the Tiguan Allspace and produces 190hp and 320 Nm. VW has discontinued the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, which produces 143 horsepower. The TSI engine will be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system as standard equipment.
Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift: Updates of the exterior
In terms of design, the SUV retains the same tidy, squared-off appearance as the pre-facelift model. To help distinguish it from its predecessor, VW has added a new LED Matrix headlamp design that tapers towards the end, a modified grille, updated front bumper, and new 18-inch alloy wheels. The rear bumper has been reprofiled, the taillights have new LED elements, and the Tiguan inscription has been repositioned to the centre of the tailgate.
Interiors and features
Inside, the Tiguan facelift is identical to the Allspace in terms of style and layout, with the exception of the climate control system touchscreen, which replaces the usual buttons and knobs. Six airbags, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, linked car tech, three-zone climate control, ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, and leather seats will all be standard on the 2018 Tiguan.
Competition and Price Expectations
The five-seat Tiguan redesign will compete with the Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass, as well as other premium monocoque SUVs. Because the 2018 Tiguan facelift would be locally assembled (CKD unit) rather than imported, it is likely to cost between Rs 26 and Rs 29 lakh (ex-showroom).
Volkswagen’s lineup is now dominated by SUVs, with only the Vento (which will be replaced next year) and Polo offering other body styles. Given the popularity of SUVs, VW believes this is critical to attracting new customers to the brand, and it is attempting to secure different segments from the mid-size to premium SUV area, with all of its offerings – Taigun, T-Roc, Tiguan, and Allspace – costing between Rs 10.50 and Rs 34 lakh (ex-showroom). In the future, it may explore entering the fiercely competitive sub-four-metre SUV category.