As a part of its plans of launching four new SUVs in India in 2021, Volkswagen has commenced the local assembly of facelifted Tiguan at its manufacturing plant in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The new Volkswagen Tiguan will be officially launched in India on December 7, 2021, with the new facelifted version marking the return of the SUV, which was pulled off from the Indian car market during the transition to BS6 norms. The new Tiguan will be positioned between the compact T-Roc and the seven-seater Tiguan AllSpace, both of which are brought to India through the CBU route.
While the overall silhouette and stance of the new Volkswagen Tiguan remain unchanged, there are a few minute sheet metal changes, which freshen up its appeal. The new bits on the Tiguan include a redesigned front grille, sleeker all-LED headlamps, reprofiled front and rear bumpers with revised fog lamps on the former, new design for the 18-inch machined alloy wheels, revised LED inserts for the tail lamps and wide ‘Tiguan’ lettering in the middle of the boot lid.
The new Volkswagen Tiguan gets some minute changes on the inside, with the SUV sharing its cabin with the global version of its seven-seater version, the Tiguan AllSpace. There’s a new three-spoke steering wheel with the new VW logo and a slightly revised lower centre console with a touch-controlled panel for automatic climate control.
Volkswagen Tiguan was quite popular in India
The pre-facelift Volkswagen Tiguan was already a well-equipped SUV for its category, and the new version continues to be one. It will be available with features like Vienna leather upholstery, 30-colour ambient light, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with three memory settings, three-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, full TFT instrument console and more. In terms of safety, the SUV retains its entire safety features list, with includes front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability program, hill start assist, hill descent control, ISOFIX mounts for child seats, driver alert system and tyre pressure monitoring system.
Following the petrol-only route in the BS6 era, the new Volkswagen Tiguan ditches the previously available 2.0-litre diesel engine for a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This is the same engine that powers other cars from the Volkswagen group, like Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb and even Audi Q2. Available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the engine makes 190 PS of maximum power and 320 Nm of maximum torque.
Like before, the new Volkswagen Tiguan will be positioned in the premium end of the midsize SUV segment, in an expected price range of Rs 28-30 lakh. At this price, it will compete with SUVs like Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Citroen C5 Aircross.