DENVER, COLORADO – Volkswagen recently unveiled its all-new 2018 Tiguan in Denver, Colorado. Tiguan has been Volkswagen’s best selling light truck model into fleet in Canada with 1,608 units sold in 2016, according to IHS Markit.
With the automotive landscape changing to include more crossovers and sport utility vehicles by the day, Volkswagen has added the North American produced Atlas SUV while removing the Touareg from North America. This change necessitated the Tiguan’s growth.
“The all-new Tiguan offers up to 57 per cent more space than the outgoing model, and with the availability of a third row seat, adds a tremendous level of versatility,” said Thomas Tetzlaff, Manager, Media Relations, Volkswagen Canada. “Combine the Tiguan’s size with its new powertrain, add in the latest safety and convenience features, and you have a vehicle well-suited to a whole host of fleet operators.”
The second generation Tiguan is significantly larger than its predecessor, as the wheelbase grows to 2,790mm, length to 4,701mm and width to 1,839mm, while the height is lowered to 1,658mm. Optional seven passenger seating is available on all trims.
Tiguan rides on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, which is highly flexible, allowing for vehicles of all sizes to use the same platform. It was first used on the latest generation Golf and is shared by the Atlas, and now Tiguan.
A 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine is standard equipment and outputs 184 horsepower and 221 foot/pounds of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard start/stop. Fuel economy on the engine is 10.6/8.7 L/100 kilometres (city/highway) on front wheel drive models, and 11.3/8.8 L/100km on All-wheel drive models.
AWD is available and come with four settings: onroad (which offers four drive modes Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual), snow, off road, and custom off road. The combination allows for towing capacity of 680 kilograms.
Tiguan is filled with safety features that help keep occupants safe. Standard on all trims is hill decent control, tire pressure monitoring system, driver/passenger front and side air bags and front and rear side curtain air bags, and automatic post-collision braking system. Comfortline models get standard blind spot detection and rear traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, and alarm system. Highline trim offers LED headlights with adaptive front-light system, and park distance control. Optional on highline are adaptive cruise control, area view 360, lane assist and automatic high beam control.
Tiguan has a completely redesigned exterior for 2018, with styling cues taken from the larger Atlas and other models in the VW range. The vehicles larger footprint contributes to a sturdier look than the outgoing model. LED taillights and LED DRLs are standard, while LED headlights are an option.
While the interior is completely new, it retains a familiarity to those who have driven VWs recently. Added for 2018 is an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on all trims apart from entry-level Trendline (which comes with a 6.5” screen). Also available is Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, a customizable 12.3” instrument panel, as well as Fender audio system with nine speakers and 480 watts of power.
Although VW currently sells more Jettas and Golfs into fleet, with the increasing popularity of the CUV/SUV segment among fleet operators, it sees the Tiguan matching or exceeding its stable mates with the all-new 2018 model.