The second-generation VW Tiguan will debut at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September. The currently sold Tiguan is based on the PQ35 platform of the Golf, but the next generation model will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that saves parts and development costs by 20%. The modular platform allows for more space with lesser kerb weight and employing alternate energy powertrains, and also reduces the fuel consumption. A recent report from AutoBild says that the new generation Tiguan will be 80 kg lighter than the outgoing one.
According to the report, five petrol and four diesel engine options will be offered. The base and the range-topping petrol engine options will be 125 PS 1.4-litre TSI and 220 PS 2.0-litre TSI respectively, while the base and the range-topping diesel engine options will be 120 PS 1.6-litre TDI and 240 PS 2.0-litre TDI respectively. Fuel consumption has been projected to reduce on an average by 15%, as per the report. The report suggests that the variants with least powerful engine options will be offered only with front-wheel drive.
The all-new Tiguan range is also likely to add a plug-in hybrid derivative in the near future. A long-wheelbase version will also be offered, with ‘XL’ suffix added to the moniker. The XL will directly target two main growing crossover/SUV markets – the USA and China. The seven seat arrangement will appeal the US buyers, while the extended wheelbase will appeal the Chinese buyers. Plug-in hybrid and a lowered-roof, coupe-like derivatives are also likely to be offered at later stages. The second generation model will be built at the company’s facility in Hannover, Germany.