Volkswagen Tiguan SUV To Debut At 2016 Auto Expo

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The Tiguan from Volkswagen's stable will mark its debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi and will be launched in the Indian market by mid-2016. The global debut of the Tiguan (SUV) was at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Volkswagen Tiguan is developed on the MQB platform, which is used by several other vehicles such as the Audi A3, Skoda Octavia and Superb, Volkswagen Golf, Passat, and Touran.

The Tiguan borrows several design cues from the Cross Coupe GTE concept. Powering the new model is a 1.8-litre TFSI petrol engine and 2.0-litre diesel engine. Volkswagen could also offer optional All-wheel drive (AWD), or front-wheel drive systems.

The Tiguan for India could also be introduced in a basic avatar. This model will sport a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with a front-wheel drive system.

Compared to previous generation Tiguans, the new model is 50kg lighter, which has accounted for better performance and improved fuel economy. The wheelbase has also been increased for additional seating comfort and a larger boot space.

Currently, Volkswagen Group has been affected by the diesel gate scandal globally. This scandal could significantly alter the launch of the Volkswagen Tiguan in India. For the moment Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) is inspecting Volkswagen models in the country, for violation of emission norms.

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Story first published: Saturday, October 31, 2015, 16:58 [IST]
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