Pictures of a face-lifted 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan, which was supposed to be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March 2011, have found their way on the web. The photos sprang up on Volkswagen’s German site but were promptly removed without any explanation.
There are even rumors circulating that European dealers have started accepting bookings of the new Tiguan. Yet another rumour suggests that Volkswagen has not revised the price of the new model despite the upgrades.
The new Tiguan inherits Volkswagen’s family grille but has Audi-like LED DRLs (daytime running lamps). Besides, Volkswagen is reported to have designed the Tiguan based on its bestsellers Passat and Scirocco. This could mean that the Tiguan would be the third model in Volkswagen’s family to get the new corporate styling treatment after the 2012 Passat and 2011 Jetta. Hence, expect the Tiguan to be bigger though without compromising on its car-like driving feel. Still some speculations suggest that the new Tiguan may have off-roading capabilities as well.
For the U.S. market, expect the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan to retain the same 2.0-litre, TSI gasoline engine that produces 200 hp. It will come with a front-wheel-drive system as standard while the 4MOTION all-wheel drive will be an optional one. There could be a TDI, 4-cylinder, turbo diesel engine variant of the SUV in the offing, too. Volkswagen currently sells two SUVs, the Tiguan and the Touareg in the U.S. market.
|Specifications||2012 Volkswagen Tiguan|
|Power||200 hp at 5,100 rpm|
|Torque||281 Nm at 1,700 rpm|
|Fuel System||Direct Injection|
|Top Speed||209 km/hr|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/hr)||7.9 seconds|
|Drive Type||Front-wheel drive and 4MOTION (optional)|
|Brakes||Ventilated Disc at front and discs at rear|
|Tyres Size||215/65R 16|
|Dimensions (length x width x height)||4,427 mm x 1,808 mm x 1,684 mm|
|Ground clearance||1,96 mm|
|Boot space||470 litres|
|Unladen weight||1,587 kg|
|Fuel consumption (combined)||7.4 litre / 100 km (31.7 mpg)|