At the launch of the B8 Passat last month, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) revealed that the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan SUV will be introduced here in 2017, and that the SUV will be CKD locally assembled. Didn’t take long for the new Tiguan to be spotted, and it stars in this video taken by reader “Tan Tai Chi” wearing Pahang trade plates. VW’s CKD cars roll out from Pekan, Pahang.
Not much can be read into the specs of the local Tiguan at this early stage, and we don’t have a very good look anyway. If it looks significantly larger than the tiny old Tig, it is, at 60 mm longer and 30 mm wider, with a 77 mm longer wheelbase. Boot space is up as well, by 145 litres to make 615 litres, or 1,655 litres with the rear seats folded.
Unveiled at IAA 2015, the new Tiguan – which sits on the group’s modular MQB platform that also underpins the Mk7 Golf – wears a very sharp suit and sits 33 mm lower than the original. It’s both more substantial and handsome than the Typ 5N, that’s for sure. Newer tech means that despite the size increase, it’s over 50 kg lighter than before.
VW’s usual range of turbocharged TSI and TDI engines are available, and the Euro 6 motors are up to 24% more fuel efficient than the previous batch. 4Motion all-wheel drive with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling is available. Along with the Haldex coupling that acts as a longitudinal lock, the electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated in the ESC act as transverse locks for all four wheels.
There’s a new 4Motion Active Control switch on the centre console. Four selectable profiles are available – two road (Onroad and Snow) and two off-road (Offroad and Offroad Individual). AWD Tiguans have 11 mm higher ground clearance (200 instead of 189 mm), and there’s a special off-road front end with an approach angle of 25.6 instead of 18.3 degrees.
The SUV is available in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline equipment lines, plus new R-Line packages. The latter, a sporty trim, is illustrated by the white car below.
GALLERY: Volkswagen Tiguan GTE and R-Line at IAA Frankfurt 2015