2011 Vw Tiguan promises to set new standars on the market

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 26, 2011

The new Volkswagen Tiguan will go on sale in Germany this June, in the rest of Europe in early August, and in overseas markets towards the end of August. Volkswagen sold 700,000 units of the Tiguan in its first four years. The new Tiguan is priced from €24.175 in Europe and it features a front end similar to that of the Touareg. It is available with highly efficient engines and it will be offered with new assistance systems such as Fatigue Detection and Light Assist.

A complete set of photos has been released, displaying that it has been fitted with 2.0-liter TDI with BlueMotion technology. This means that the vehicle can achieve 5.3 liters per 100 km for the two front-wheel versions.

It has a Stop/Start system, which shuts off the engine when it’s idle in city driving. VW also said that the SUV will be available with its powertrain technologies that are now more fuel-efficient. Three of these seven engines available in Europe are new to the Tiguan.

Notably, all of these engines are forced induction four-cylinder direct injection engines. These four petrol engines (TSI with 1.4 to 2.0 liters displacement) deliver outputs that range from 122 hp to 210 hp. The three diesel engines (TDI) actually range from 110 hp to 170 hp. Consumers can also opt to install the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) on the new Tiguan.

The new model is offered with new assistance systems like Fatigue Detection (which is 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). Furthermore, the Lane Assist lane-keeping system is added to the array of features offered on the Tiguan. Another device new to the Tiguan is the XDS electronic differential lock.

Volkswagen “design DNA” is popular for its use of distinct horizontal lines. Aficionados of some of the more recent Volkswagen models will be able to see how the company likes to mark their vehicles with these lines. Nowhere is this feature clearer than in the new VW Tiguan. Just like the much larger Touareg, the new Tiguan has upgraded its grille with a pair of chrome louvres. Show-stopping bi-xenon headlights with a masked main beam (Dynamic Light Assist) remain an option but the standard daytime lights are hardly subpar with their own xenon version formed of 14 LEDs in the headlights.

18 degrees: For those interested in the many options Volkswagen can provide, the Tiguan comes in two sporty on-road models, the “Trend and Fun” and the “Sport and Style”. Brandishing a wide grille at the “urban” front, the vehicle also has front fog lights incorporated into several side openings. Volkswagen’s rugged front spoiler finishes the lower section with a slight overhang. The vehicle itself is designed as front-wheel-drive and has some impressive stats 90 kW / 122 PS (TSI) and 81 kW / 110 PS (TDI).

28 degrees: Volkswagen also offers an off-road version they like to call the “Track and Field.” The new 28 degree angle of approach means the Tiguan is able to deal with all manners of challenges off-road. With a rugged re-envisioning of the bumper, the protection it gives under the vehicle remains as solid as any other off-road vehicle and adequately protects the powertrain components.

To aid in the protection of the vehicle, the central air intake has been kept flat. Like the on-road versions, the off-road comes with a bumper with protected fog lights which have been integrated into the sides. Black air-flow guides frame the openings on the grey protective underbody. It is also worth noting that all off-road versions of the Tiguan come with 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive.

Rear section

As well as the clear lines which denote the DNA of the modern Volkswagens, they are also known for their distinctive rear lights. Redesigned for the new Tiguan, these rear lights include dual L-shaped elements and look much like the Touareg.

The consistency of the overall redesign of the Tiguan makes for a cleaner shape with clear lines which you can see in the C-pillars, which (together with the lower border on the rear lights) grants the rear section of the vehicle a much higher-end appearance.

The angle of departure for all Tiguan models remains the same at 25 degrees. Depending on the payload, this could be reduced and the same can be said with regards to the front end of the vehicle.

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