AMIDST INTERNATIONAL DRAMA VOLKSWAGEN DEBUTS EUROPEAN TIGUAN AT FRANKFURT
GEN 2 TIGUAN EXPECTED IN AUSTRALIA IN 2016
Volkswagen has lifted the covers from the next generation Tiguan at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This is a preview production version of the replacement for the model that first debuted in 2007. What else happened in 2007? Gen 1 IPhone and we’re just getting IPhone 6S now. Much easier in that technology that in motor cars.
This Tiguan is the first to be based on the MQB design platform which has already given us Golf, Jetta and the soon to be released Passat.
VW is launching four different models of the medium SUV: the classic on-road model, a sporty R-Line model, an off-road version, and a GTE plug-in hybrid model. Arguably Volkswagen Australia will decided the Australian market is to immature to take on the Hybrid version. Malcolm – time to step up.
In terms of high tech, we’ll expect the Aussie Tiguan will feature Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as well as a lane assist system, but probably only in the R series. One very clever system that may be added to the mix is a pedestrian safety system that will deploy pyrotechnically, like an airbag, forcing the hood upwards as soon as a person comes into contact with it. Let’s hope that reverse camera’s will be standard throughout the range