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New Volkswagen Tiguan : New front end of Touareg, new engines, new assistance systems

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 8:02 AM

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • Volkswagen SUV sets new standards with minimal fuel consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 km
  • New systems like Fatigue Detection and Light Assist offer greater safety
WOLFSBURG / AUSTRIA : May 25, 2011 - The new Tiguan is here. An SUV with design parallels to the larger Touareg. An SUV with powerful and at the same time fuel-efficient engines; fuel consumption is 5.3 litres per 100 km for the two front-wheel drive Tiguans 2.0 TDI with BlueMotion Technology (81 kW / 110 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS). An SUV that shuts off the engine completely whenever possible in city driving thanks to a Stop/Start system. An SUV that is an ideal, versatile companion for life on the move with its excellent all-round characteristics, great practicality, 1,510 litres cargo space, up to 2,500 kg trailer load (with 4MOTION all-wheel drive) and many cleverly designed features. A Volkswagen in the best sense of the word! In Germany, the perfected Tiguan will arrive on the market in mid-June; other European countries will follow at the beginning of August, and overseas markets at the end of August.



1 SUV, 2 worlds

The front end design was completely reinterpreted. The Tiguan is still the only SUV in its class that can be ordered in two different versions: one for on-road use and one specially tuned for off-road driving. Visually, the two models differ in their front ends ("On-road" has an 18 degree angle of approach, "Off-road" 28 degrees). Both models now show greater independence, better dynamic performance and more stylistic precision. In addition, like the on-road version, the off-road version is now also available with a top equipment line. In this case, the off-road specialist is known as the Track & Style (on-road: "Sport & Style").

High-tech safety systems: With the model change, new assistance systems such as Fatigue Detection (standard on the "Sport & Style" and "Track & Style"), the camera-based main beam control systems Light Assist (H7 lights) and Dynamic Light Assist (bi-xenon headlights) as well as the Lane Assist lane-keeping system now expand the range of features available on the Tiguan. Also new in the Tiguan: the XDS electronic differential lock.

110 PS to 210 PS

Powertrain technologies have become even more fuel-efficient. Three of the seven engines offered in Europe -- all of them charged four-cylinder direct injection engines -- are new to the Tiguan line-up. The four torque-strong petrol engines (TSI with 1.4 to 2.0 litres displacement) produce between 90 kW / 122 PS and 155 kW / 210 PS. The three powerful diesel engines (TDI) span a power range from 81 kW / 110 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS. Also available as an option on the new Tiguan is the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) -- one of the most efficient and sporty automatic transmissions.


One of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the world
All BlueMotion Technology versions of the Tiguan have a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration. The results: even with all-wheel drive, the 103 kW / 140 PS Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4MOTION BlueMotion Technology, for example, consumes just 5.8 l/100 km! Clearly, this Volkswagen is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the world. As before, entry-level engines are being offered with front-wheel drive. And the 140 PS TDI is also available with front-wheel drive as an alternative. That is how this Volkswagen, as a TDI, was even able to break the 5.5-litre barrier with the noted 5.3 l/100 km fuel economy.

A bestseller right from the start The new Tiguan is replacing a model that has experienced an exceptional history of success: in Germany, after its market launch in 2007, the Tiguan sprinted from a standstill to become the SUV market leader. And it never gave up this position: Although the launch of the new Tiguan was announced by Volkswagen in February 2011, the "old" model continued to rank first in new car registrations for all SUVs in Germany. Even more impressive: until shortly before its production stopped it was the fourth best-selling passenger car after the Golf, Polo and Passat. Very few cars -- wherever they may be located in the world -- experience such a successful finale!

An SUV for all continents

Internationally, the Tiguan has long been one of the most sought after Volkswagens as well. Its highest volume markets are all of Europe, Russia, the USA, China, Brazil and Australia. In Germany, its average market share in the compact SUV segment was about 21 percent in 2010, while it was 12 percent across Europe. In total, nearly 700,000 Tiguans have been delivered worldwide since Autumn 2007. The smaller brother of the Touareg is now poised to continue this success with a new look and further advanced technologies. In Germany -- where advance sales have already begun -- about 10,000 orders have already been received (status: May 2011)!

2011/2012 Volkswagen Tiguan overview

Assistance and vehicle dynamics systems:
DCC adaptive chassis control, Light Assist, Dynamic Light Assist, Lane Assist, Fatigue Detection, Park Assist, Park Pilot with visual display, Rear Assist, XDS electronic differential lock

Automatic transmission: 7-speed DSG

Boot: 470 litres to 1,510 litres

Character: all-round vehicle with rugged qualities

Colours: 2 monochrome paints ("Candy White" and "Deep Ocean Blue"), 8 metallic paints ("Night Blue", "Pepper Grey", "Reflex Silver", "Silver Leaf", "Titanium Beige", "Toffee Brown", "Wild Cherry Red" and "Acapulco Blue"), 2 pearl effect paints ("Deep Black" and "Venetian Green").

Debut, generation I: 2007

Design: Walter de Silva (Group), Klaus Bischoff (Brand)

Dimensions, off-road version: 4,433 mm length, 2,041 mm width (incl. mirrors), 1,703 mm height (incl. roof rails), 2,604 mm wheelbase

Dimensions, on-road version: 4,426 mm length, 2,041 mm width (incl. mirrors), 1,703 mm height (incl. roof rails), 2,604 mm wheelbase

Drive type: front-wheel and all-wheel drive (4MOTION)

Engines diesel: 81 kW / 110 PS (TDI), 103 kW / 140 PS (TDI), 125 kW / 170 PS (TDI)

Engines petrol: 90 kW / 122 PS (TSI), 118 kW / 160 PS (TSI), 132 kW / 180 PS (TSI), 155 kW / 210 PS (TSI)

Equipment lines: "Trend & Fun", "Track & Field", "Sport & Style", "Track & Style"

Fuel consumption range: 5.3 l/100 km to 8.6 l/100 km

Infotainment: Radio-CD systems: RCD 210 (standard), RCD 310, RCD 510. Radio-navigation systems: RNS 315 and RNS 510. Peripherals: MEDIA-IN port for USB or iPod, AUX-IN port, Dynaudio sound system (300 Watt), hands-free unit, digital radio reception (DAB)

Market launch, all of Europe: starts beginning of August 2011

Market launch, Germany: starts mid-June 2011

Market launch, overseas: starts end of August 2011

Production site: Wolfsburg (world market, except China and Russia)

Standard features ("Trend & Fun" / "Track & Field") based on German model: Features include ESP, 6 airbags, air conditioning, electro-mechanical power steering, electric windows, multifunction display, central locking, height-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, RCD 210 audio system, alloy wheels


Standard transmission: 6-speed manual gearbox

Suspension: Front – MacPherson strut type suspension with wishbone control arms and wheel-guiding struts; aluminium subframe. Rear – four-link rear suspension; subframe made of high-strength steels.

Tiguans produced to date: nearly 700,000 in 4 years



Video : Beauty shots


Video : Sport & Style - Driving scenes


Video : Track & Style - Driving scenes


Images : 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan



[Source : VOLKSWAGEN]
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