The second generation VW Tiguan will have its world premiere at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September, replacing the current seven-year-old PQ35-based model. The all-new model will go on sale in Europe in early 2016.
According to a report by Motoring.com.au, the 2016 VW Tiguan’s sales in Australia will commence late next year. The news comes from the Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Australia, John White, who also told the publication that the long-wheelbase and CC variants will reach the dealerships from 2017.
The Tiguan long-wheelbase version will be launched in 2017 and the coupe-styled version will follow in 2018. The report also says that the third generation Touareg will be unveiled next year.
The long-wheelbase variant, as per a previous report, will be called ‘VW Tiguan XL’, and have a three-row seating arrangement (for seven passengers). The ‘VW Tiguan CC’ variant will be a coupe-styled derivative, similar to BMW’s upcoming X2.
The original crossover and its derivatives will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB platform.
It was reported in April that the 2016 VW Tiguan will be 80 kg lighter and be offered with five petrol and four diesel engine options. A 125 PS 1.4-litre TSI will be the base petrol model and 220 PS 2.0-litre TSI will be the range-topper. Diesel engined models will start with a base 120 PS 1.6-litre TDI and go up until a 240 PS 2.0-litre TDI.
The models with the least powerful engines will be front-wheel drive, whereas 4WD will be offered on the top-spec variants.