South Africa’s favourite midsize SUV, the Volkswagen Tiguan will be getting a new look in 2021.
Launched in South Africa in 2008, now in its third generation, the Tiguan has sold over six million units globally since launch, and over 41 000 units in South Africa. The Tiguan was the best-selling medium SUV in South Africa in 2020, with 4 280 units sold and a 16.2% share of the A SUV segment.
If the numbers above aren’t enough to convince, it’s got 4 wins in the Midsize SUV category in the annual CAR Magazine Top 12 Best Buys awards.
The Tiguan is currently manufactured at four Volkswagen plants; China, Germany, Mexico and Russia. Our new Tiguan, which will be manufactured in Germany, will go on sale from the third quarter of 2021.
The new Tiguan’s key interior highlights include a new steering wheel with touch controls, air-con functions that have been digitalised with touch sliders and touch buttons. For the first time, the Tiguan will get the premium and optional Harmon Kardon sound system, with a 16-channel amplifier, eight speakers and a subwoofer. It’s a first for the VW model range too.
…and exterior features
A key change for the new Tiguan is the redesigned front bumper featuring the new radiator grille with LED headlights. The Tiguan’s new IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights features 22 individual LEDs per headlight offering exceptional clarity for night-time driving. At the rear, the Tiguan lettering has moved to a central position below the Volkswagen badge. New exterior metallic colours include Ginger Brown, Kings Red, Lapiz Blue, Night Shade Blue, and Dolphin Grey.
VW Driver assistance systems
Lane change assist, and side assist – this system helps drivers to stay in their lane with reaction to vehicles moving in parallel as well as oncoming traffic.
Emergency braking with front assist – assists with detecting obstacles in front of the vehicle. The response is by means of an acoustic warning, and the initiation of emergency braking.
Specification lines for the new Tiguan model range
Times are changing and so are the spec lines for theTiguan. The new Tiguan will be available in three-spec lines, the base derivative is Tiguan, mid-spec the Tiguan Life, and range-topping Tiguan R-Line.
The base Tiguan will arrive with standard features of 17-inch Montana alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, and the new MIB3 Infotainment system’s Composition radio with eight speakers.
The mid-level Life spec builds onto the Tiguan line with standard features including 18-inch Frankfurt alloy wheels, LED headlights with cornering lights, Climatronic air conditioning, Park Distance Control in the front and rear, an electrically operated tailgate for easy opening and closing. Optional alloy wheels on the Tiguan Life include 18-inch Nizza or 19-inch Victoria Falls.
The range-topping R-Line has quite the standard features list including the R-Line exterior package, 19-inch Valencia alloy wheels, ambient lighting with 30 interior lighting options, Vienna leather seats with the R-line Logo on the two-front seats, Active Info Display, Composition Media Radio with App Connect, multi-functional steering wheel with touch and swiping actions and the
R-line logo, as well as keyless entry. Optional alloy wheels on the R-Line spec is the 20-inch Suzuka alloy wheels in chrome and black.
Want some more Tiguan goodness? Optional extras include a panoramic sunroof, trailer hitch, Black Style Package (black roof rails and decorative trims, black exterior mirror housing, privacy glass for the rear windows, and black 20-inch Suzuka alloy wheels), Discover Pro entertainment system with wireless App Connect, heads-up display, Harmon Kardon sound system, IQ Lights: Matrix LED, area view camera system with park assist, IQ Drive Package (adaptive cruise control, lane assist, park assist, and autonomous emergency braking), and the trailer manoeuvring system which includes park assist. Please note, the Tiguan will not be able to make your coffee, as much as it wants to.
One diesel and two petrol engines
The Tiguan range will have a choice of three engines, all of which are carried over from the previous model.
The opening gambit of engine for the new Tiguan is paired to a 6-speed DSG producing 110kW and 250Nm, reaching 0 -100 km/h in 9.2 seconds and topping out at 200 km/h.
The only diesel engine in the new Tiguan range produces 130kW and 380Nm mated to a 7-speed DSG. The top speed is 207km/h and it’ll complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in 8.3 seconds.
The most powerful engine for the new Tiguan has a power output of 162kW and 350Nm, and is teamed-up with a 7-speed DSG gearbox. It takes just 6.5 seconds for it to complete 0 – 100km/h, the top speed is 225km.
New Tiguan pricing
Pricing for the new Tiguan will be announced closer to the launch date.
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