Volkswagen Malaysia has unveiled the Volkswagen Tiguan to the press yesterday, a prelude to a nationwide launch that will be held on this coming 18th of October. The Tiguan was launched in the European market in the mid of 2007 and has since entered other markets to other countries such as Russia and Singapore.
Now you may be wondering what Tiguan means. It’s apparently derived from from two animals – Tiger and Iguana. The power of a tiger and the off-roading capabilities of an iguana, it seems.
Look after the jump for more details on the new Volkswagen Tiguan.
Volkswagen has prepared this new compact SUV with 4MOTION full-time all wheel drive and a choice of 5 engines – three petrol powered versions and two diesel units, all mated to either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic.
Volkswagen did not fit the appealing DSG twin clutch transmission to the Tiguan because according to them, its not well suited for off road use. The DSG does not creep, unlike a conventional automatic. It is offered in three variants – the basic Trend & Fun, the mid range Sports & Style, and the high range variant with full amenities; the Track & Field.
Volkswagen Malaysia is only offering the top of the range Track & Field version, powered by the new EA888 2.0 litre TSI turbocharged direct injected engine that is now driven with a timing chain instead of a timing belt. The engine is mated to a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic.
The 200hp motor propels the 5-seater from 0 to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds to a top speed of 207 km/h. The Tiguan also promises an easy drive with minimal effort around town with promising torque figures of 280 Nm across the 1700-5000rpm range.
The Track & Field variant is more off-road oriented compared to the other two models with a 28 degrees approach angle instead of 18 degrees, modified driving pedal characteristic which basically adjusts pedal sensitivity at different driving conditions, EDS (Electronic Differential Lock System), hill descent assistance, and a gear pre-select function which keeps it in low gear with an engine braking feature.
The Tiguan is chock-full of many other features which really help improve its value proposition. Just to name a few, these include dual zone automatic climate controls, automatic low beam function, cruise control, immobilizer, flat tire indicator, parking brake with auto hold function, speed-dependent power steering and the very cool Parallel Parking Assistant which enables driver to let go off the steering wheel and watch the car get into the parking spot on its own!
Once enabled, sensors around the car will determine distances all round and once ready the car maneuvers itself leaving only the braking and acceleration to the driver, its that easy. VeeDub claims that it would have allowed the computers to do the braking and acceleration as well but prefers to leave some work for the drivers. In fact, the steering wheel is also fitted with a sensor, which disables the entire system once touched. They also claim that it takes about 15 seconds for the Tiguan to get itself parked. The parking space has to be 1.4 meters longer than the length of the car, which is just under 4.5 meters long. That means a 6 meter long parking space.
On the inside, the main attraction would be the touch screen center panel which displays all relevant information. Passengers and the driver can be entertained with RCD 510 Radio with a 6-CD changer with MP3 playback and AUX input, all played through 8 front and rear speakers. The ISOFIX rear seats are of course foldable. The passenger front seat has electrically adjustable lumbar support while there is full electric seat adjustment for the driver’s seat.
Safety features include ABS, ASR (anti-slip regulator), comfort brake assist, EBD, ESP, and EDTC (Engine Drag Torque Control). There’s also a curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers including side airbags at the front, apart from standard driver’s and front passenger airbag with deactivation.
The Tiguan is being sold at RM249,888 in the local market. Its rivals would be the rather spartan Toyota RAV4 (RM204k) and the BMW X3 (RM320k). There is also the Mercedes-Benz GLK but Stuttgart has decided that car would only be offered in left hand drive so it won’t be introduced into our market.
The Tiguan has better performance figures than the sedate RAV4 and its just a shy 18bhp lower than the X3’s delicious 2.5 litre straight-six, but Tiguan has slightly more torque across a much more tractable range.
The official fuel consumption figures for the Tiguan isn’t bad either, at 9.9 litres for every 100 km traveled. I hope to test this if I manage to get a test unit from Volkswagen Malaysia.
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