Colin-on-Cars – Tiguan, a taste of what is to come

There is a nip and tuck for the third generation Volkswagen Tiguan that dominated sales in the ‘A’ SUV segment last year with 16,2% of that market.

The Tiguan will come with a host of new interior features including a new steering wheel with touch controls, revised air-conditioning functions and optional Harmon Kardon sound system, with a 16-channel amplifier, eight speakers and a subwoofer.

The front bumper has been redesigned, the bonnet is more concise in its appearance and the new radiator grille with LED headlights is also wider. The Tiguan’s new IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights features 22 individual LEDs per headlight offering enhanced convenience for night-time driving

At the rear, the Tiguan lettering is now central below the Volkswagen badge. New exterior metallic colours include Ginger Brown, Kings Red, Lapiz Blue, Night Shade Blue and Dolphin Grey.

Driver assistance system upgrades include Lane Change Assist and Side Assist – this system helps drivers to stay in their lane with reaction to vehicles moving in parallel as well as oncoming traffic and Emergency Braking with Front Assist – assists with the detecting obstacles in the front of the vehicle. Response is by means of an acoustic warning and the initiation of emergency braking.

The model range comes in three specification lines; the base derivative called the Tiguan, the Tiguan Life and the Tiguan R-Line.

The base derivative Tiguan offers 17-inch Montana alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather multi-function steering wheel, cruise control and the new MIB3 Infotainment system’s Composition radio (with eight speakers).

Positioned above the base derivative is the Life specification line that gains 18-inch Frankfurt alloy wheels, LED headlights with cornering lights, Climatronic air-conditioning, Park Distance Control in the front and rear as well as an power tailgate for easy opening and closing. Optional alloy wheels on the Tiguan Life include 18-inch Nizza and 19-inch Victoria Falls.

The top-of-the-range derivative is the Tiguan R-Line and it boasts 19-inch Valencia alloy wheels, ambient lighting with 30 interior lighting options, Vienna leather seats with the R-line Logo in the two front seats, Active Info Display, Composition Media Radio with App Connect, multi-functional steering wheel with touch and swiping actions and the R-line logo as well as keyless entry. Optional alloy wheels on the R-Line derivative are the 20-inch Suzuka alloy wheels in chrome and black.

The Tiguan model range will come with a choice of three engines which are carried over from the previous model; two petrol and one diesel with power outputs ranging from 110 kW to 162 kW.

The new Tiguan will launch locally in the third quarter.

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