Volkswagen introduces 2nd-generation Tiguan at Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 14, 2015

Volkswagen introduces its latest Tiguan at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. With sales of more than 2.64 million units for the first generation Tiguan, the excitement is high with the launch of this second-generation SUV.

Four Tiguan versions are on display at the show, three of which are production versions. These include the sporty Tiguan R-Line, an off-road version, and a classic on-road model. Then there’s the concept vehicle – the Tiguan GTE – a plug-in hybrid drive (with a system power of 160 kW / 218 PS) that provides an outlook of what can be expected of this SUV in the future.

The upcoming Tiguan is the first Volkswagen SUV to be built on the path-breaking MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform, which improves all of its characteristics. Its dimensions are noticeably sporty and its design is appealing whichever angle you look at.

Even as its weight decreases by more than 50 kg, its interior and luggage room has increased considerably. It has a boot volume that can accommodate 615 litres of cargo (when they’re loaded to the back of the rear bench).

The capacity is expanded to 1,655 litres if the rear seat backrests are folded, resulting to an increase of 145 litres. Its engines – all eight variants -- are more efficient, ranging from 85 kW / 115 PS to176 kW / 240 PS.

More power is offered by the drives but they’re now more fuel-economic by as much as 24% compared to the past model. Adjustments in the all-wheel drive system are easier with the new 4MOTION Active Control no matter what the driving condition is.

Because of its exceptional drive concept, the Tiguan was built to carry trailer loads of up to 2,500 kg. The latest Tiguan is more convenient, dynamic, and safe with its range of assistance systems, which include Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring as well as Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.

All of these are offered as standard. With its connectivity features, there are more service options (including automatic accident notification, vehicle status report, online traffic and parking space information).

Through App Connect, any smartphone (whether Apple or Android) can be integrated into its functionality. Tablets can also be connected to the vehicle via the Media Control app. All these improvements give Volkswagen the chance to redefine many aspects of the A-SUV segment.

Press Release


The International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt will be the stage for the presentation of the new Tiguan. After selling over 2.64 million units of the first generation, Volkswagen is revealing the latest generation of the SUV at today's Group Night and at the IAA which begins tomorrow.

Volkswagen is showing four versions* of the new Tiguan at the IAA (open to the public: 17 to 27 September). The production versions being presented are the exceptionally sporty Tiguan R-Line, the classic on-road model and an off-road version tuned specifically for off-road use. Meanwhile, the Tiguan GTE – a concept vehicle with a plug-in hybrid drive (160 kW / 218 PS ofsystem power) – offers an outlook on the future development of the best-selling SUV.

The second generation of the best-seller is the first Volkswagen Group SUV to be based on the path-breaking MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform. It improves all of the properties of the Tiguan. The body proportions of the latest Volkswagen SUV are perceptibly sporty, and the design shows charisma from all perspectives. Its weight was also reduced by over 50 kg compared to the previous model. Meanwhile, the amount of space offered in the interior and luggage compartment has taken a gigantic leap forward. The boot volume of the new Tiguan can take on up to 615 litres of cargo (loaded to the back of the rear bench); when the rear seat backrests are folded, its capacity increases to 1,655 litres. This represents a gain of 145 litres.

The engines are also characterised by gains in efficiency. A broad range of eight engines is available; they have power outputs ranging between 85 kW / 115 PS and176 kW / 240 PS. The drives were made more powerful, yet they are up to 24 per cent more fuel-efficient than those of the previous model.The new 4MOTION Active Control also lets drivers adjust the all-wheel drive system more individually and easier to all possible driving conditions. Thanks to its impressive drive concept, the Tiguan has been engineered for trailer loads of up to 2,500 kg. The assistance systems perfect the vehicle's convenience, dynamism and safety (including Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, all as standard).

Online services open up new service dimensions (such as automatic accident notification, online traffic and parking space info, vehicle status report), the on-board electronics integrate all of today's smartphones of the Apple and Android worlds into the functionality of the infotainment systems via App Connect, and even tablets become an integral part of the automobile via the Media Control app. This has resulted in a Tiguan with which Volkswagen is redefining broad aspects of the A-SUV segment.

*There are not current values to the fuel consumption yet.

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