Volkswagen discontinued the pre-facelift Tiguan in April 2020 due to the introduction of BS6 emission norms in the country. The carmaker is now gearing up to re-introduce the mid-size SUV in India soon and it is expected to launch later this month (March 2021).
Volkswagen will launch the facelifted version of the Tiguan in India which made its global debut in July 2020. Compared to the pre-facelift model, it gets updated aesthetics, new features and a turbocharged petrol engine replacing the diesel unit found on the pre-facelift model.
In terms of design, the new Tiguan features a sleeker triple slat grille flanked by updated new LED headlamps which are now slimmer. It also gets a new sporty and aggressive-looking front bumper. The side and rear profiles remain largely unchanged with mild updates in the form of a new set of alloys, mildly updated tail lamps and rear bumper and a new spaced ‘Tiguan’ lettering on the tailgate.
Inside the cabin, while the layout remains unchanged it gets a new steering wheel. Features on offer include a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, a larger touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a panoramic sunroof, cruise control, electrically adjustable driver’s seat and three-zone climate control. Safety features on offer include 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability control, hill launch assist and hill descent control and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Under the hood, the Tiguan facelift gets a new 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine replacing the 2.0-litre diesel engine (143PS/340Nm) found on the pre-facelift model. It makes 190PS and 320Nm paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and a 4Motion 4WD system. Volkswagen already offers this setup on the bigger Tiguan Allspace.
Launching this month, prices of the Tiguan are expected to range from Rs 28 lakh to Rs 32 lakh. It will take on likes of the Jeep Compass and upcoming SUVs like the Citroen C5 Aircross and the Skoda Kodiaq petrol.