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VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS ALL-NEW EUROPEAN TIGUAN AT THE
FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Based off the MQB platform, the new Tiguan revolutionizes the compact SUV
• Powerful, authentic SUV design of the new Tiguan was completely reconfigured
• Tiguan is the first Volkswagen Group SUV to be based on the modular transverse
• Longer, wider, lower – new vehicle architecture enables sportier proportions
• Tiguan makes its debut at the IAA in an R-Line® version, a classic on-road version
and a version with an off-road front end
• Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, active hood,
Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System are fitted as standard
• 520 litres of cargo capacity (additional 50 litres) and considerably more space in the
rear thanks to longer wheelbase
• Broader range of power (92 kW / 125 PS to 176 kW / 240 PS) and up to 24 per cent
better fuel economy
• Arrives on the market in April 2016
• Volkswagen is also showing the Tiguan GTE concept inFrankfurt with a plug-in
hybrid drive and 1.9 litre per 100 km fuel consumption
• Newly conceptualised solar roof module for the Tiguan GTEincreases its electric
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Wolfsburg/Frankfurt,September2015—Aftersellingover 2.64millionofthe first generationTiguanSUV,
Volkswagenisshowingthe newlydevelopedEuropeanTiguanatthe Frankfurt International Motor Show. In
thiscase, "new"means completely new, arevolutioninstead of anevolution. The second generationTiguanis
the firstVolkswagenGroupSUVwhose designis basedoff the forward-lookingMQB platform.
Volkswagenisshowingfour versions ofthe new Tiguansimultaneously at Frankfurt. The production versions
are the verysportyTiguan R-Line®,the classic on-road model and aspecial off-roadversion. Meanwhile,the
TiguanGTEconcept vehiclethat has a160 kW/218 PS plug-inhybriddrivetrainshows how the best-selling
compact SUV couldfurther develop. The TiguanGTE is equippedwithasolar module that generates
renewable electricitythat is fed into the battery, enablingupto1,000 additional kilometres ofzero emissions
AccordingtoVolkswagenforecasts,the A-SUV segmentwill increase its global sales from8.17 milliontodayto
morethan8.93millionunits by2018,whichrepresents 9per cent growth. The new Tiguan is optimally
tailoredforthe requirements inthis marketsegment.Perfectlythought out fromthe first tothe last
millimetre, it appeals tomillions ofcar drivers andtheir families as aspacious andflexible companion fortheir
everydaybusiness andpersonal lives –anall-round vehicle of anew era.
The first generationTiguanlaunchedatthe endof2007andto date,more than2.64millionunits have been
produced. Eventhoughthe next generation is readyto take over,Volkswagenearned first place in SUV new
vehicle registrations inGermany once again in July2015– just as it did inthe previousmonths andyears. The
general trendof rapidgrowth inthe A-SUVsegment is reflectedpar excellence inthis model series. In2014,
morethan500,000 Tiguanswere produced,whichwas9 percent morethan inthe prior year.
For Volkswagen,the new Tiguanmarks the beginningofan SUV product offensive. Inupcoming years,the
brandwill be launching other innovative SUVs that are tailored to specific markets inawide variety of
segments worldwide. Volkswagenwillbe extendingtherange of SUV vehicles it offers,especially inthe U.S.
Forecasts indicate that the SUVsharewill also increasesignificantlyinChina andthat additional SUV growth
will also occur in Europe. Unlike in Europe,drivers intheU.S. and Chinaprefer versionswithalonger
wheelbase,whichisthe reasonthe new Tiguanwas systematicallydevelopedfor twodifferent wheelbases
fromthestart. The "long"Tiguanwill be introducedto specificmarketsstartinginthe Fall of2016.
The MQB architecture improves all aspects ofthe Tiguan. The proportions ofthe latest VolkswagenSUV are
even sportier,the designis trulycharismatic, andthe vehicle'sweight was reducedbymorethan110 pounds
comparedto the previous model. A gigantic leap forwardhas beenmade interms of the vehicle's interior and
trunkspace:thecapacityofthe trunkhas increasedby1.8 cubic feet,to18.4 cu ft,andthe load spacecanbe
enlargedto 21.8cu ft byslidingthe rear benchseat forward, byupto7.1 inches. Whenthe rearseat is folded,
thecargo capacity is 58.5cuft, againof5.1 cu ft.
The engines are more efficient aswell. A broadrange ofeight engines are offered,ranging inoutput from 92
kW /125 PSto 176 kW /240 PS. The engines aremore powerful,yet theyare upto24 per cent more fuel-
efficient thanthe Euro5 engines inthe previousmodel. The new4MOTION® Active Controlsystem alsomakes
it easierthanever toadapt the all-wheel driveto all possible conditions. The Tiguanisnow designedtotow
loads upto5,512 pounds.
The new Tiguanhas class leadingconnectivityanddriverassistance features. Theassistancesystems include
standardFront Assist withCityEmergencyBraking andPedestrianMonitoring,Lane Assist andAutomatic
Post-CollisionBrakingSystem. Connectivityservices include automatic accident notification,onlinetraffic and
parkingspace information,and avehicle status report,while App-Connect integrates all currentsmartphone
platforms withthe infotainmentsystem.
The result is aTiguanwhichextensivelyredefinestheA-SUVsegment. It’s anSUV that satisfies all expectations
New features includeapyrotechnicallyactivatedmechanism –similar to anairbag– integratedinthe hood.
This mechanism raisesthe hood as soonas apersoncomes into contactwith it inacrash. This increasesthe
gap betweenthe hard engine andthe relativelysoft bonnet andtherebyreducestheintensityofdangerous
Amongthe new Tiguan’s safetyfeatures, are the AutomaticPost-CollisionBrakingSystem,the Front Assist
ambient monitoringsystem including CityEmergencyBraking and –anew feature –PedestrianMonitoring as
standard. If the radar-basedFrontAssist ofthe Tiguandetects apersonwalking intothe road,thesystem
warns the driver. Inasecondstep, it brakes thecar. The new Tiguan is also equippedwithLane Assist as
standard. This camera-basedassistancesystemwarns and automaticallycountersteers ifthe driver beginsto
unintentionallydepart from the drivinglanewithout activating aturn indicator.
The new, larger dimensionsand proportions elevate the Tiguanfrom the previousmodel. At176.6 inches in
length,the newmodel is 2.4in longer, anditswheelbase has beenincreased by3.0 into 105.6 in. The new
vehicle is 72.4 in wide,whichis1.2 inmore thanbefore. Meanwhile,its height was reducedby1.3 into 64.3 in
onthe base,front-wheel-drive model. Thecoefficient ofdrag ofthe new Tiguanwasreducedto0.31 as well,
thanksto numerous aerodynamic improvements,suchasthe door mirrorsthatwere perfected inwindtunnel
testing andairflowsimulations:this has resulted ina40 per cent reduction inoverall air draglosses onthe
The front endofthe new Tiguan has asignificantlywiderstance. This is attributable to an actual increase in
physicalwidth plusthe visual effect ofthe horizontallyalignedradiator grille and headlights. The Tiguanisthe
first VolkswagenSUV to be equippedwithdual LED headlights. Above the headlights,a chrome stripruns
acrossthe front ofthecar. Above the radiator grille andthe headlights,the V-shapedhoodshoots toward the
The vehicle's side profile is extremely distinctive. Thewaistline is highercomparedwiththe previous model,
whichemphasises the SUV style. The character line is also higher andextends over the entiresilhouette. The
door handles are seamlesslypositionedinthis line.Beneaththe upper line, ahorizontal surface follows as a
break, andthenthere is the secondcharacterline. Designerstalk of a"line dialogue" here. The lower of these
lines emphasizes the flared,powerful lookingwheelarches andthe shoulder section.
In contrast to the previousmodel,the area above the character line is a flatter andhas a more elegant bandof
sidewindows. This band extends into the dynamicallyangledD-pillars. The lowestsection of the body is an
anthracite-coloured areathat wraps around the vehicle; the same colour is used for the rugged plastictrim
aroundthewheelarches. Achrome trim stripseparates the bodycoloursurfaces andthe anthracitecladding.
This chrome accent iscontinuedatthe rear.
The lateralcharacter line becomes a defining rear element above the rear lights. The line defines the upper
border ofthe standard LED rear lights that have asharp horizontalcut. This cut is continued as aline between
the rear lights andforms atrailing edgethat is importantaerodynamically. The tailgate openingwas increased
comparedto the previous model,too. The lower part ofthe tail features ananthracite-coloured area andan
aluminium-lookdiffuser that is integratedwiththechrome-platedtrapezoidal exhaust tailpipes.
The completelyredesigned interior ofthe Tiguanhas adecidedlysportyyet typicallySUVcharacter. The
central elements arethe instrument cluster (availableasthe digital Active Info Display) andthe infotainment
systemthat is positioned high inthe centre stackand angledtowardthe driver. The dashpanel and centre
console form asingle unit. The centre console itselfis dominatedby anarrayof buttons that are laidout
aroundthe gear lever.As onthe exterior,the designers also systematicallyappliedthe "form follows function"
principle andcreate acockpit style atmosphere. The designers also emphasisedthe SUV nature of the interior
in their choice ofsurface textures.
Thanks to clever packaging,seatingspace has beensignificantlyimproved inthe new Tiguan,whichhas1.0 in
more interior length. Three passengers inthe rear seatingarea, for instance,have1.1 inmore knee room. The
size ofthe luggage compartment has also increased.At18.4 cubic feet,thecargocapacityofthe newmodel
has increased by1.8cu ft (with five persons on-board). Inaddition,the rear benchseat is asymmetricallysplit
and adjustable longitudinally. The reclining angle ofthe seat backrestcan also be adjusted. The cargo areacan
be enlargedto 21.8cu ft bysliding the rear benchseat forward(byupto7.1 inches). Whenthe rear bench is
folded,this results in avolume of58.5 cu ft. If necessary, the backrest of the front passenger seat canbe
foldedfully forwardfor stowing verylong items. Last but not least,it is now eveneasier to loadthe Tiguan,
because the loadsill has been lowered further.
The new Tiguanis one of theworld'smost advancedcompact SUVs,featuring animpressive arrayof
innovations. First,there are technologies like the12.3-inch Active Info display(interactive, fullydigital main
instruments withfive informationprofiles) andthe head-updisplaythat is beingoffered for the first time in a
VolkswagenSUV. Second,the vehicle's safety,convenience andconnectivityhave beentakento anew level by
an arrayof driverassistance and infotainmentsystems.
Eventhe base Trendlinemodel has a number of advancedstandard features. These include Front Assist that
features CityEmergencyBraking andPedestrianMonitoring as well as the active hood and the Lane Assist lane
departurewarningsystem. In addition,thesafetyequipment iscompletedbyanetworkofsevenairbags,
including aknee airbagonthe driver's side, andthe Automatic Post-CollisionBrakingSystem; it helpsto avoid
secondarycollisions. Comfortlinemid-leveltrims have the Driver Alert System asstandard.
The topHighlinetrim is alsoequippedwith adaptivecruise control (ACC),whichutilizes radarto accelerate or
brake the Tiguan andthus always maintainthecorrect distancetotraffic ahead. Ifthe SUV is equippedwith
DSG® inadditiontoACC, it automatically handles stop-and-go traffic aswell (traffic jam assist). Other Tiguan
driver assistance systems includethe optional Side Assist (lane-changingassistant),Pre-Crashproactive
occupant protection(detects elevatedcollisionpotential,tensions the front seatbelts to preventivelyrestrain
the driver andfront passenger andcloses openwindows andthe sunroofto just asmall gap),Emergency
Assist (recognises ifthe driver is no longer responsive andbrakesthe carto astop) andAreaView(360 degree
all-roundviewusingfourcameras that is especiallyuseful off-road).
The new Tiguan has anewthree-zone automatic climate control system,calledPureAir Climatronic®. The
technology,whichis uniqueandso far onlyusedbyVolkswagen,keeps air qualityat aconsistentlyhighlevel
thanksto its air qualitysensor and active biogenic filter,preventing pollutants from enteringthecar– from
Fullyredesigned seats haveoptional electric adjustment,while the available Smart Comfort Seats
automaticallytravel downward andbackto make it easier to enter andexit the vehicle whenthe ignition is
turned off. Inaddition,the new ergoActive seat includes electric 4-waylumbar support andmassage function.
Makingtrips long andshortevenmore pleasant,the Tiguan has one of the largest panoramic sunroofs in the
class (34.3 by 53.7 inches),which also features integratedambient lighting. Other new comfort and
convenience features include EasyOpen/ EasyClose (automatic openingorclosingof the tailgate inresponse
to aspecific footmovementbehindthe Tiguan),aheatable steeringwheel, andVolkswagen’s variable ratio
electromechanical progressive steering.
The Trendline trim is equippedwiththe CompositionTouch radiosystem(5.0-inchmonochrome touchscreen)
as standard. The TiguanComfortlineandHighline get the Composition Colour radio system (5.0-inchcolour
touchscreen) at no extracharge. The Composition Mediaradio system (8.0-inchcolour touchscreen) is also
available. Other options are the Discover MediaandDiscover Pro radio-navigationsystems (bothhave8.0-inch
displays).All of these systems are part ofthesecondgenerationmodular infotainmentmatrix (MIB II).
MIB IIcreatesseamlessconnectivitywithtoday'sApple andAndroidsmartphones viaAppConnect. Inaddition
to MirrorLink®,App Connect also integratesApple CarPlay® andGoogle AndroidAuto™ into the infotainment
systems. The Media ControlappmakesVolkswagenone of the first automakersto also offer aninterfaceto
the infotainmentsystem for tablets. Volkswagen also offers anumber ofonlineservices. Guide & Inform lets
users access servicessuchas latesttrafficwarnings, information on available parkingspaces innearbycar
parks (number ofspaces andaddress) andinformationon fillingstations (fuel prices and addresses). Forthe
first time,Volkswagenis also offering Security& Service,whichcanbeusedto request assistance from the
vehicle viaacallcentre. Some ofthe features integratedhere are online roadservicecall, automatic accident
notification,service scheduling (to arrange maintenanceappointments for the Tiguanwiththe service centre)
and requestingthe vehicle status report. Dependingonthe package that isselected,itmay also be possibleto
use asmartphoneto request vehiclestatus or parkinglocationor activate the parkingheater function.
The smartphone itselfcan be placedconveniently in anewlydesignedand innovativeinterface box. The
highlight here is that the phone canbe charged andcoupledto the vehicle's outside antennainductively.
There are atotal ofeight Euro-6compliant engines, all ofwhich have turbocharging,direct injection,astop-
startsystem andbatteryregeneration as standard. The four TSI® gasoline engines produce 92 kW /125 PS,
110 kW /150 PS,132 kW /180PS and162 kW /220PS.The four TDI® diesel engines produce85 kW /115
PS,110 kW /150 PS,140 kW /190 PSand176 kW /240 PS. The base engines ofthe new Tiguanare launched
with front-wheel drive, but all ofthe other engines are available withall-wheel drive either as an optionor as
standard. Comparedtothe previous modelwithEuro-5 engines,the four-cylinder engines inthe new Tiguan
are upto24 per cent more fuel-efficient. Comparedto previous TiguanswithEuro-6engines,there is up to10
percent better fuel efficiency.
Not onlyarethe enginesmore efficient,theyare also more powerful. The highest poweredTSI engine
previouslymade150 PSinEurope,but now has two2.0-litre engineswith180 and220 PS.Withthe diesel
engines,themost powerful TDIusedto make184PS. This engine now makes190PS, butthetopengine is
the newlyengineered240-PS unit withtwinturbos charging and2,500 bar ofinjection pressure. With88 kW /
120PS per litre of displacement,the 2.0 TDIhas one ofthe highest specific power outputs inthe A-SUV
Volkswagenoffersthe highly efficient 4MOTIONall-wheel drive system inthe new Tiguan,either as anoption
or as standard,dependingonthe chosen engine. Groundclearance of all Tiguan4MOTIONversions is0.4
inches higher,at7.9 inches. In addition,the Tiguancanbe orderedwithaspecial off-road front end package
that allows for anapproachangle is 25.6 instead of18.3degrees. The departure angle at the rear is 24.7
degrees for all versions,as isthe rampangle. Speciallydevelopedforthe new Tiguan is 4MOTIONActive
Control –anoff-roadswitchwithfour different modes. Regardless ofwhether the vehicle has anon-roador
off-road front enddesign,the new Tiguan is engineered for towingmorethan5,500 pounds.
The 4MOTIONall-wheel drive systemuses afifth-generationHaldex®couplingthat activelydistributestorque
to all fourwheels before slipoccurs. Innormal driving,only the front wheels are driven, savingfuel. But as soon
as there is ariskoflosing traction,the rear axle is variablyengagedwithinfractions ofa second.Alongwiththe
Haldexcoupling,the electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated inthe electronic stabilitycontrol(ESC)
system act as atransverse lock for all fourwheels.
The rotary/pushbuttonswitch forthe new4MOTIONActive Control is located onthecentre console. The
driver uses it to activate fourhigher-level modes andvarious popupmenus. Whenthe driverturnstheswitch
to the left, one ofthe Onroad or Snow profilescan be activatedfor on-roaddriving. Whenthe driver pushes
theswitch in one ofthese modes,apopup menu appears on the infotainmentsystem’s touchscreen,showing
the drivingprofile selectionwithfive profiles. Whenthe switchisturned to the right,the driver canselect one
ofthetwo off-roadprofiles:Offroad(automatic settingof off-roadparameters) orOffroad Individual (variable
settings).Heretoo,pressingtheswitchopens anothermenu level. Whendrivingoff-road,4MOTIONActive
Control lets driversswitchthe assistance systems injust seconds.
The new Tiguanwill be available inthe Trendline, Comfortline andHighline equipment lines inEurope. All
versionsmay be orderedwith anoff-roadfrontend as an alternative. The TiguanComfortline andTiguan
Highline feature asportylook withthe 'normal' front end. The new R-Line packagesmake the SUV lookeven
more dynamic. The Comfortline andHighline mayalso be orderedwiththe Design package or inthe Exclusive
The R-Line packages canbeorderedas either atotal package of exterior and interior features or an alternative
exterior package. Onthe exterior,the R-Line features "Sebring"19-inch aluminium-alloywheels or optional
20-inch "Suzuka" alloys. Previously, Tiguans couldonlyhave rims upto 19 inches indiameter.
Except forthewheelarches,all other anthracite bodysurfaces are painted in bodycolour, includingthe
exclusive doortrimswhich have thesame visual effect as side sill extensions. The exterior designis finished by
R-Line bumpers that have gloss blackaerodynamic accents,atwo-tone roofspoiler and agloss blackrear
diffuser. The interior features R-Lineseats (clothandmicrofiberseatupholstery,optional "Vienna" leather
upholstery), aluminium doorsill guardswiththe R-Line logo thatcan be optionally illuminated, decorative
stitchingin Crystal Grey,special trim accents,stainlesssteelpedal caps andfootrest,black headliner anda
leather-trimmedmultifunction steeringwheel withthe R-Line logo.
Wolfsburg/Frankfurt,September2015—Demonstratingthe future directions the Tiguanmight take is the
Tiguan GTE –the first plug-in hybridSUV fromVolkswagen,whichthe brand is showing at the IAA. This
Volkswagen,whichis beingpresentedas aconcept vehicle, develops asystem powerof160 kW /218 PSand
cancover a distance of upto 50 km in "E-Mode"drivingas anall-electric zero-emission vehicle. Its average fuel
consumption (combined) is amere1.9 l/100 km; this equates to aCO2 emissions figure of42 g/km. The
relativelylongelectric driving range not onlybenefits from the externallychargeable lithium-ionbatterywith
an energycapacityof13.0 kWh, but also from asolar modulethat is integrated intheroof –aworldexclusive.
Under idealconditions,the energythat it generates annually issufficientto addupto 1,000 km ofdriving
range (Germany500 km,SouthernEurope800to 1,000 km),depending onthe regional solar radiation power.
The conceptcar is drivenviaits front axle byadirect-injectionturbochargedpetrol engine (1.4 TSIwith115
kW) and anelectric motor. The lithium-ionhigh-voltagebatterysuppliesthe electric motorwithenergy. The
TiguanGTEoperates witha6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) that wasspecially developedfor hybriduse.
The electricmotorwas integratedinto the gearbox housing. Additional components of the hybriddrive include
the power electronics (converts DCpower fromthe batteryto ACpower for the electric motor) andacharger.
The TiguanGTEcan be driven inthe describedE-Mode or inone ofthe three othermodesHybrid,Battery
Charge, or GTE. After startingthe drivesystem,the concept vehicle automaticallydrives off in"E-Mode". When
a minimumcharge level of the batteryhas been reachedor whenthere is veryhighdemandfor power,the
drive system automaticallyswitches over tothe "Hybrid"mode. Thismeans that "E-Mode" is deactivated,and
the Tiguan GTE now behaves like aclassic full hybrid vehicle. It charges the batteryregenerativelyduring
deceleration and automaticallyusesthe TSIand/or electric motor accordingto the drivingsituation. By
pressingthe "E-Mode"button, the drivercanmanuallyswitchto zero-emissions operationif necessary.
Exclusivelydriven byelectric motor,the Tiguanthenhas atopspeedof130 km/h.
The driver presses the GTE buttonto switchto GTEmode, whichactivates the sportyside oftheconcept car.
This GTEmode is an exclusive feature ofall Volkswagen vehicleswithaplug-in hybriddrive system. The
characteristics ofthe accelerator pedal,gearbox andsteering aremade noticeablymore dynamic, andthe
tuning ofthe TSIismore performance oriented. Inaddition, inthe GTEmode the TSIand electric motorwork
together inwhat is known as "boosting"whichmakes the full system power and the maximum system torque
available. The TiguanGTEthen has atopspeed of200 km/hand acceleratesto 100km/h inashort 8.1
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