Volkswagen Tiguan – Singapore Launch
We check out the official launch of the all-new VW crossover that is set to up the car maker's game.
Singapore, 10 Jan 2017 – It is a great all-rounder with distinctive styling, redefining its class and confidently pointing the way to the future. The new Tiguan is the first sport utility vehicle to be based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB), and it sets new standards in design, comfort and functionality. To kick off its official launch here on our sunny island, Volkswagen Singapore planned an elaborate event that not only thrilled the senses, but came across as being thoroughly original and of course highly enjoyable.
Edit: The launch was held at Performance Building along Kallang Way, within its massive studios four vastly different settings were constructed and the media were asked to interact with the actors and at the same time fill their tummies with the grub offered in each scenario. It was eye-brow rising to say the least, from the first scene where we got to play a little game of hide and seek and munch on appetisers till the eventual presentation of the new Tiguan and having the mains served, it was a colourful and fun-filled experience, made all the more memorable as there has never been a car launch quite like this one. Anyway do check out the gallery for all the photos!
Positioning and design
With the new Tiguan, Volkswagen redefines many aspects of the A-SUV segment, impressing with ride comfort and innovation that are on a level beyond its class. Perfectly thought out from the first to the last millimetre, it appeals to millions of car drivers and their families as a spacious and flexible companion for their everyday business and personal lives – an all-round vehicle of a new era.
The new Tiguan is the first SUV based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) – this allows for a dynamic synthesis of design, comfort and functionality. The proportions of the new Tiguan were made to be significantly more dynamic (including lower body, longer wheelbase and larger wheels) and its overall package was improved. The MQB gave Volkswagen designers a new platform that provided the perfect framework for this all-new SUV. The sharpness of the vehicle’s lines show solidarity and precision, and its LED projection headlights deliver 10 per cent better lighting performance compared to halogen headlights.
In perfect harmony with the expressive exterior is an interior designed to combine excellent space and flexibility of use, allowing for superb comfort under all road conditions. Based on numerous new design solutions, the interior takes up the same SUV design language, and is made more compelling than ever.
Innovative safety technologies and assistance systems are integrated as standard. This includes Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, proactive occupant protection, and an active bonnet to help safeguard pedestrians and cyclists. The Tiguan is not a crossover between different worlds – rather, it has created its own new and authentic SUV world. This makes it one of the key product pillars of the Volkswagen line-up.
Two direct injection turbocharged TSI engines are available on the new Tiguan, with power outputs of 110kW / 150 PS and 162 kW / 220 PS. They are more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the comparable EU5 engines of the previous model, with the 150 PS engine having the Active Cylinder Management system (ACT). Both engines are also equipped with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode.
Top marks in Euro NCAP tests
The new Tiguan passed the comprehensive Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) test series with outstanding results –thanks to its first-class package of safety features, including optimised vehicle body structure, a highly effective safety belt, seat and airbag combination and innovative driver assistance systems. Despite the tougher conditions of this year’s tests, it was awarded the top rating of five stars, aggregated from the results in four sub-sections: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and driver assistance systems. This makes the new Tiguan one of Europe’s safest cars.
Versions and equipment
At launch, the Tiguan Highline 280 TSI will be offered to customers in Singapore. It is powered by a 150 PS TSI engine with 250Nm of torque, and comes with front wheel drive.
In the following weeks, buyers looking for an even higher level of performance can opt for the Tiguan R-Line 380 TSI with 4MOTION, which has the 220 PS TSI engine with 350Nm of torque under its bonnet. This model also gains extra equipment such as the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Dynamic Chassis Control system (DCC) and ‘Dynaudio Excite Surround’ sound system.