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    New Volkswagen Tiguan

    The revised Volkswagen Tiguan is on its way to South Africa, looking a lot like big brother Touareg and packing a range of more-potent engines. Almost 700 000 Tiguans have already found homes around the world since the SUV was launched in 2007.

    Engine Overview

    Cleaner engines, more safety equipment and a confident new restyle add appeal to VW's strong selling Tiguan compact SUV and its biggest attraction is likely to be its range of more fuel-efficient – but more powerful – petrol and turbo diesel engines. The petrol 1.4 TSI now develops 118kW while the top-of-the-range model gets the 155kW 2.0 TSI mill. The 103kW TDI is unchanged and fuel-saving Blue motion tech remains a feature on certain models.

    Design overview

    For its mid-life refresh in 2011, the Tiguan’s front end (or “ends”) is completely new, yet both shows off an updated interpretation of the Volkswagen "face. There's a Touareg-aping front grille and lights - very in keeping with VW's current design language. It lifts the Tiguan from something forgettable to something a touch more confident and striking. There are new rear lights too; these sharpening up the Tiguan's appearance further.

    Like the previous model, the new Tiguan is once again offered in two body versions with different angles of approach. While the base version, with an angle of 18 degrees, was designed more for urban driving, the Tiguan with the 28 degree angle of approach, is ideal for all those who frequently drive their Volkswagen in off road terrain.

    The two versions vary in length: the on-road versionsmeasuring4,427 mmand the off-road versions measuring4,457mm. However, they are identical in width (1,809 mm without door mirrors and 2,041 mm with door mirrors) and in height (1,686 mm without roof rails, 1,703 mm with roof rails). Also identical are their wheelbases (2,604 mm) and track widths (front 1,570 mm, rear 1,570 mm).

    Technical data overview

    Standard features on the various packages ranging from “Trend and Fun” to “Track and Field” and “Sport and Style” include ESP, six air bags, aircon, power steering and windows, multifunction display, central locking, height-adjustable seats for the front occupants and alloy rims. “Track and Style”, a new off-road version with top equipment line as well as a choice of front and 4Motion all-wheel drive is again the standard. Also new in the Tiguan is the XDS electronic differential lock.

    The New Tiguan also boasts with new assistance systems such as fatigue detection, dynamic light assist (on models with the optional bi-xenon headlights) and lane assist can be specified for certain models.

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