VW is planning to boost its market share in India by making necessary changes in its existing strategy. The new plan called “India 2.0” will be spearheaded by VW’s group company, Skoda and it entails a number of changes in the product portfolio of the German carmaker. VW has brought Tiguan and T-Roc compact SUVs to the Indian market but even more important news is the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan All Space 7-Seater India arrival. Just so you know Tiguan Allspace is a 7-seat version of Tiguan and it will compete against the likes of Honda CR-V, Skoda Kodiaq, and others. The new facelift version is here and now based on the Tiguan 5-seater in terms of changes. Let’s look at the changes which have shwocased globally today.
The Tiguan however, was given an update back in autumn last year. Since its introduction back in 2007, the Tiguan has gone from a newcomer to one of the best-selling SUV models on the market. One of the main factors for this success is the 2017 launch of the Tiguan Allspace, a 22-centimetre longer version of the Tiguan. Around 1.5 million of the Long Wheel Base variant (LWB) have been sold worldwide since its market launch in 2017 until the end of March this year. The Tiguan Allspace is the long version of the best-selling Tiguan and offers even more space with a luggage compartment volume of up to 1,920 litres. With its optional third row of seats, it also offers enough room for up to seven people, making it the perfect choice for families.
On the outside, the Tiguan keeps its iconic look, but sharpens it with a completely revised front end. A distinctive bumper and broad grille are complemented by standard LED headlights and daytime running lights (DRLs), and can be accented further by an available illuminated light line flanking the VW logo. The top two trims feature updated, sporty R-Line® design elements, including bumpers and side sills. The distinctive side profile of the Tiguan remains with its strong character line carrying from the front fender through to the standard LED taillights. Newly centered Tiguan lettering on the rear matches Volkswagen family styling from the Arteon to the all-new Taos. The 2022 Tiguan will be available in eight exterior colors—including new Oryx White and Kings Red Metallic—and every trim level receives new wheels, ranging from 17-inch to 20-inch aluminum-alloy designs.
Inside, the Tiguan boasts updated technology throughout its cabin. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrument cluster now comes standard with an 8-inch display (10-inch Digital Cockpit Pro available), as does Volkswagen Car-Net® with in-car Wi-Fi capability when you subscribe to a data plan. From the second trim in the revised lineup, MIB3 infotainment is standard along with wireless charging and wireless App-Connect for compatible devices.
Comfort and convenience features get an upgrade as well. Heated front seats are now standard, with heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats as available options. Models from the second trim up receive a next-generation Climatronic® Touch interface for climate control and power tailgate, while R-Line models get a leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch islands and sliders. Additional available features include leatherette or leather seating surfaces, power driver and passenger seats, panoramic sunroof, Fender® Premium Audio, and 15-color ambient lighting.
The IQ.DRIVE® driver assistance suite will be standard on all but the base model. IQ.DRIVE includes Front Assist (Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring), Active Side Assist (Blind Spot Monitor), Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Assist (Lane Keeping System), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Stop and Go, Travel Assist (semi-automated driving assistance), and Emergency Assist (semi-automated vehicle assistance in a medical emergency). Base model Tiguans come standard with Front Assist, Side Assist, and Rear Traffic Alert, and can be optioned with the IQ.DRIVE package to round out the feature set. Other available driver assistance technologies include Light Assist (High Beam Control for headlights), Park Assist (Parking Steering Assistant), and Dynamic Road Sign Recognition.
The long version will be built at two different sites. The Tiguan L for the Chinese market will be manufactured in Shanghai, while, the LWB (long wheel base) Tiguan versions for North and South America and the Tiguan Allspace for Europe will be made in Puebla, Mexico. Volkswagen has clearly hit the mark with the LWB version worldwide, as a remarkable 55% percent of all Tiguan models rolling out of production have a long wheelbase.
Volkswagen Tiguan All Space 7-Seater India specific will come only with a single-engine option – 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine. This turbocharged gasoline motor is capable of putting out 180PS and 320Nm of max power and max torque respectively. The SUV will feature all-wheel-drive capability in the form of 4MOTION and this feature will be the standard part of the equipment. The model is capable of reaching 0-100 kmph in just 8.2 seconds which is par for the course. There could be a diesel option on offer which could see VW sales flying again, which won’t happen, even if it does, it will happen in 2024. The pricing will be on the higher end of the spectrum as Tiguan Allspace could cost between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 35 lakh.