LAUNCHED IN SA: The next-gen Volkswagen Tiguan has arrived in SA. Will the second-generation SUV prove as popular as the first? Image: Motorpress
Johannesburg - The new Volkswagen Tiguan has arrived in South Africa and the automaker hopes the second-generation of its compact SUV will prove a hit among local buyers.
The new Tiguan is the first Volkswagen SUV to use to the now familiar MQB, or Modularer Querbaukasten (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform. This means it benefits from VW’s latest technology and shares much of its underpinnings with other models, such as the Golf and Passat.
The first-generation Tiguan was launched in 2007 (2008 in South Africa) and since then, VW has sold more than 2.8 million (more than 19 000 locally) units worldwide.
More derivatives will be rolled out locally later in 2016, but for now only the 1.4-litre TSI engine will be available in Trendline Manual, Comfortline Manual and Comfortline DSG specifications.
At launch, 1.4 TSI engines, available in either 92kW and 110kW guises, will be offered. The 92kW petrol is available with a six-speed manual transmission and 110kW variant is mated to a six-speed DSG transmission.
The 2.0 TDI, with power output of 81kW, 105kW and 130kW will be introduced in the last quarter of 2016 along with a 2.0 TSI engine producing 162kW. The high powered engines (2.0 TDI with 105kW and 130kW, as well as the 2.0 TSI engine) will be fitted with Volkswagen's 4MOTION drive system.
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Lower, wider, longer
The new Tiguan sees a 33mm reduction in height to 1.6m and a 30mm increase in width to 1.8m. It's 60mm longer than its predecessor at 4.4m and its wheelbase has been extended to 2.6m (an increase of 77mm).
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The weight of the new Tiguan has been reduced by up to 53kg.
Inside, the Tiguan’s interior is 26mm longer than before and rear passengers can now enjoy 29mm more knee room, the automaker says. The vehicle offers more headroom than before and seat height has been raised by 8mm.
Gallery: 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
With the rear bench moved foward, the boot capacity offers 615 litres of space - 145 litres more than the previous model. With the rear bench folded, cargo space increases to 1 655 litres. A panoramic roof (870mm x 1 364mm) is optionally available.
The new Tiguan includes driver and front passenger airbags, an airbag curtain system and front seat side impact airbags. Hazard lights will flash automatically under hard braking, while electronic stability control, XDS transverse differential lock and fatigue detection (Rest Assist) are all standard.
Manual aircon, electric front and rear windows, cruise control, front fog lights, leather multi-function steering wheel, connectivity package (Bluetooth & USB interface) & roof rails are among the standard kit fitted on the entire range.
The active bonnet - a first for any Volkswagen - reduces the risk of injury to pedestrians and cyclists. When contact is made with the bumper, a sensor strip triggers a pyrotechnic actuator that lifts the rear edge of the bonnet by around 50mm within 22 milliseconds. This increases the distance between the hard engine components and the relatively flexible bonnet. In turn, it reduces the risk of serious head injuries, says Volkswagen.
New Tiguan prices:
1.4 TSI 92kW Trendline Manual - R378 000
1.4 TSI 92kW Comfortline Manual - R419 000
1.4 TSI 110kW Comfortline DSG - R457 680
The new Tiguan is sold with a five- year or 90 000km service plan, three-year or 120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 15 000km.