With Tiguan sales lagging badly behind the competition (last year, VW sold 30,000 cars, miniscule number when compared to its main competitors Ford Escape (296,000 cars ) and Honda CR-V (304,000 cars), Volkswagen decided it is time for a change. It has been 8 years since the Tiguan’s launch, which makes it the oldest model in the SUV market, another reason behind VW’s decision to redesign it. New Tiguan will be bigger, have more cargo space, better fuel economy and the price will be more affordable. Hopefully, this will allow 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan to claim more of the market share, estimated at 2.3 million vehicles per year.
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan changes
The one thing all market research showed is popular among the customers is the Tiguan’s design. Everybody praise it, so not much will be changed here. Few details must be updated, since the original design is 8 years old, but the overall look won’t change much, since Volkswagen designers did excellent job the first time around. New Tiguan will be based on MQB (ModularerQuerbaukasten) platform, which will gradually be brought in as the foundation for all VW models.One thing that will change are the dimensions of the car, accommodated by the new platform, which will allow more cargo space inside the car. According to Kevin Joostema, head of product planning in Volkswagen USA, American customers demanded larger vehicle, so Tiguan will have to grow in order to satisfy them. The 2016 VW Tiguan will come in three versions, long and short base and coupe for customers that want style.
With the accent on fuel economy, 2016 Tiguan will most likely feature engines from Golf family. Current Tiguan is powered by TSI (gasoline) 1.4 and 2.0 liter engines and TDI (diesel) 2.0 ones, ranging from 120 to 197 horse powers. Volkswagen will probably add 1.8 liter engines to the mix, both diesel and gasoline version. The 1.6 liter variants can also be expected, at least for the European market. All options will be tuned towards fuel economy, at least in lower trims, as this was one of the complaints customer had about the current Tiguan model.
Transmissions will also be reworked to better fit the engines, but the current offering will probably remain the same, 6 speed automatic and manual and 7 speed DSG dual clutch.In 2007 Volkswagen presented Tiguan with a hydrogen fuel cell, but that variant seems to be abandoned.
2016 Tiguan release date and price
Some sources suggest that Volkswagen plans on unveiling 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan in Frankfurt Moto Show in September 2015. The sales will likely begin immediately after, or at the beginning of 2016 at the latest. Current model costs $24,170, but the company has stated that they are planning to drop the price to better compete with the main rivals, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, which both cost under $24,000. With all the promised improvements and lower price, combined with the VW badge, 2016 VW Tiguan looks like it is ready to storm the market.
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