VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN

Volkswagen Tiguan launch in February 2008

24 July, 2007

BY OUR AUTOMOBILE CORRESPONDENT

Volkswagen's Tiguan is all set to debut in February 2008. The compact 4x4 SUV was showcased at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2006.

The Tiguan will be available in three different variants, namely Trend & Fun, Sport & Style, and Track & Field. The Track & Field variant will have a different front, will be custom made for all terrains, and will come with electronic devices for better off-road performance.

Volkswagen Tiguan

The company is making sure that all engines are turbocharged and some of then will sport an additional mechanical compressor. Volkswagen will also introduce a new new electro-mechanic power-steering system and the vehicles’ minimum wheel size will be 16/265/65.

The Tiguan, which will be larger than the Touran MPV, is reported to be 4.4 m long and 1.6m wide. It will initially be available with a choice of either a 2.0-litre 138bhp TDI diesel engine (the expected best-seller) or a 1.4-litre 148bhp PS TSI petrol unit. Another diesel and two more petrol engines will be added to the range later in 2008. The Tiguan has VW's 4 Motion four-wheel-drive system and an 18-degree angle of approach.

Volkswagen has said that Tiguan’s name is derived from the suggestions made by around 3,50,000 readers of Germany’s Auto Bild magazine, who chose Tiguan over four other equally strange titles. The name is a fusion of the words Tiger and Leguan, which means iguana in German.

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