The T-Prime GTE concept might have enjoyed all the limelight at the ongoing Beijing Motor Show, but there is another VW model that is of equal importance to several global markets. The model in question is the Tiguan which was first shown at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Now in its second generation, the Tiguan is the first crossover model to make use of the flexible MQB platform. New from the ground up, the Tiguan is 60mm longer, 30mm wider and sits 33mm lower to the ground compared to the old one. The 2681mm wheelbase, too, is longer by 77mm for better cabin space.
Inside, the dashboard is now aligned towards the driver. That said, those familiar with VW cabins would feel at home because of the familiarity of switchgear and the overall layout of materials. Globally, the Tiguan will be offered with up to three new petrol engine options, with power outputs ranging from 125bhp to 180bhp and four new diesel engines ranging from 115bhp to 240bhp. Gearbox options, meanwhile, will include either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG.
While the first-gen Tiguan never made it to the Indian market, this second-gen model is definitely headed here. Having shown it at the 2016 Auto Expo, Volkswagen India has officially announced that they will bring the Tiguan to India during this fiscal year.
Read more about the Tiguan from our first drive in Germany by clicking here.