The 2017 Tiguan is the next chapter from Volkswagen in the exciting and competitive compact SUV market. This year’s model ushers in the newest generation of the Tiguan, complete with an exterior redesign and updated interior specs. Fans of the older Tiguan shouldn’t worry, as the vehicle still holds true to the original idea. Without further adieu, here’s a glance at the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan.
A Brand New Look
Prior to the 2017 model, the Tiguan hadn’t received a makeover in nearly a decade. This led many Tiguan enthusiasts to ignore newer models and left would-be enthusiasts to ponder over whether buying the latest model was really worth the extra cash. However, the crossover received a total overhaul, making it lower, bigger, and more aerodynamic than ever before. In fact, it actually shares the same chassis as the Golf and Volkswagen’s high-end Audi A3 and Q3, making it more like a tall four-door sports sedan than an SUV.
Under the Hood
While many fans of the Tiguan thought that it should offer more than one powertrain, it appears as though Volkswagen once again will only offer a single option, yet few will complain. Under the hood, the 2017 Tiguan will sport a 180-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine enables the Tiguan to go from zero-to-60 in just 7.5 seconds, while also offering a top speed of 130 miles per hour (mph). It will also come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Volkswagen has started to get serious about the SUV market, and as a result, it’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system has become increasingly popular. While this isn’t new to the Tiguan, the system adds a new active control knob on the center console that allows drivers to choose from four distinct drive modes. This includes setting for snow, paved roads, off-roading, and the welcomed addition of a driver-programmed off-road setting, which allow the driver to alter the settings depending on their off-road skill.
The five-seater Tiguan offers far more leg room, headroom, and cargo space, and passengers will note the added comfort. Up front, the Tiguan will sport 12-volt power outlets, a USB port, and tons of compartments and other storage space. The center console will feature a behemoth 9.2-inch infotainment display, while the driver will love the easy-to-read 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster.
The Platform for Other Possibilities
As mentioned before, the Tiguan comes in just one drivetrain, but Volkswagen intends the 2017 Tiguan to become the base for several other possibilities in the future. One of these is a TDI Tiguan that uses a diesel engine to gain more torque and fuel economy. In addition, a plug-in hybrid version is also in the works. This will include a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine coupled with a 13-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. While mileage for this car isn’t yet available, the pure electric mode intends to provide drivers with up to 30 miles on a single charge.
Although details are still lax regarding many of the specifics of the Tiguan and its launch in America, 2017 will prove an exciting year for the brand. The only thing you’ll have to do is mark your calendar for the first test drive.