VW Tiguan Frankfurt 3

Here’s a closer look at the second-gen Volkswagen Tiguan, which made its debut at the 66th IAA in Frankfurt. The Tiguan sits on the automaker’s MQB platform and is a larger offering than the first-gen, being 60 mm longer, 30 mm wider and 33 mm lower than the Typ 5N, but it isn’t the dimensions that captivate – the new SUV wears a very sharp suit, and it looks very good in the metal.

The Tiguan display at the show was led by the GTE Concept, the plug-in hybrid study looking resplendent in its blue exterior finish. The GTE is powered by a 1.4 TSI engine with 156 PS and an electric motor, which is juiced by an externally chargeable 13.0 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Total system output is 218 PS, and the automaker says that the SUV is able to travel up to 50 km in its all-electric E-Mode, at speeds of up to 130 km/h. Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h time of 8.1 seconds and 200 km/h top speed, and claimed average combined fuel consumption is 1.9 litres per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are low at 42 g/km.

VW Tiguan Frankfurt 2

The powertrain is paired with a six-speed DSG gearbox that has been specially developed for hybrid use, with the electric motor integrated into the gearbox housing. Other relevant bits of the hybrid drive include the power electronics (DC to AC) and a charger.

Also present was a series 2.0 litre TDI 4Motion, fitted out in R-Line trim level – the GTE’s front bumper, complete with prominent DRLs, catches the eye in more striking fashion, but no matter how you approach it, the regulation Tiguan isn’t boring, visually at least.

The numbers have stated the case for the interior, which is larger than on the previous outing (interior length has been increased by 26 mm, and there’s 29 mm better reat seat kneeroom, among other numbers), but nothing like getting a first-hand feel of it – it certainly feels a much roomier affair at the back, though the light-coloured interior on the GTE undoubtedly helps with perception. Mind you, there’s a “long version” that will surface in mid-2017 for China and North America, so this isn’t the end where space is concerned.