Volkswagen is preparing to launch its new SUV, the Tiguan, in India on May 24, 2017. Production started last month at its facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The automaker, which already has premium models such as the GTI in its fold, aims to strengthen focus on the upper end of the market with the Tiguan. SUVs are presently a rage in the country and Volkswagen too, is looking to ride this wave. Leaked images of the SUV’s brochure online suggest that the SUV will be equipped with a host of safety features and infotainment. Volkswagen will skip the entry-level Trendline trim (offered abroad) and will launch the Tiguan in 2 specification grades –top-spec Highline and Comfortline. The Comfortline gets 17 inch alloy-wheels, body-coloured bumpers, LED headlights and DRL, LED tail lamps, electrically modifiable heated front seats, and cruise control and paddle shifters.
Safety features, including rear and front disc brakes, ABS, ESC, curtain and front airbags, park distance control, and rain sensors will be offered as standard. The Highline variant will add 18 inch alloys, keyless entry with push button start, ambient lighting, and panoramic sunroof illuminated front scuff plates, easy open tailgate with delayed closing function, and safety features such as self-sealing tyres and rear parking cameras. At the time of launch, the new Volkswagen Tiguan is likely to come with only one engine option – a 2.0-litre diesel creating 143hp. The engine will be paired with a 7 speed dual-clutch auto gearbox and will also be offered with an all-wheel-drive system with drive mode selector as standard. Notably, the Tiguan will be launched as a 5-seater with standard wheel-base as was showcased at the 2016 Auto-Expo. For some global markets, Volkswagen has a longer variant of the Tiguan as well, known as the Tiguan Allspace, which offers seating for up to seven.