The new 2012 Tiguan has touched down in NZ and is now on sale from VW dealers. The refreshed small SUV features reworked design and upgraded features.
In terms of styling, the latest VW design language has been incorporated into the front end of the Tiguan with the family face now extending across the full New Zealand Volkswagen range. The new front fascia includes halogen headlights, front fogs with cornering lights, rain sensor, privacy glass and a chrome work package. There’s optional kit as well which includes bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights, panorama sliding glass roof and a mirror package to fold away wing mirrors.
There’s also some high-tech driver assistance systems in the 2012 model with front and rear ParkPilot being a feature. This takes care of parallel parking with the push of a button, drivers only need control braking and acceleration. Safety has been improved with a new fatigue detection system and a lane departure warning system also available.
There’s a Sport & Style package that includes 4Motion all-wheel drive, traction control and an approach angle of 18° as standard with an off-road package available adding under body protection, an increased approach angle of up to 28° and off-road electronic programme. The Tiguan has a towing ability of up to 2,000kg trailer load. Also new in the Tiguan is the XDS electronic differential lock which helps the SUV grip the road during fast cornering.
In terms of power the Tiguan’s diesel engine delivers 103kW power and 320Nm torque from 1,750 rpm. The 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive Tiguan has a fuel consumption figure of 7.5 l/100km combined.
In the cabin, there’s a leather multi-function steering wheel, metallic trim on the dashboard and ‘Milan’ upholstery with driver and passenger seat height adjustment and lumbar support. At the rear there’s cinema-style seating to give back seat passengers a better view. The Tiguan has a cargo capacity of 1,510 litres.
The Tiguan TDI Tiptronic is now available in New Zealand with a starting RRP of only $53,250.
Dean Sheed, General Manager for Volkswagen says “With an increase in standard specification and great price realignment we are confident this compact SUV is a head turner and great value for money. The Tiguan has always been a great performer in the NZ market and we expect no less from this improved and re-styled version.”