Volkswagen Tiguan LWB Spied, May Be Launched in India

  • Jul 22, 2016
Volkswagen has been very mute recently; apart from its display of possible future products at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo and the launch of the Ameo compact sedan, the company seems to have gone under the radar. This could be because of the diesel-engine emissions scandal that has hit the company hard in most international markets. Volkswagen had issued a recall of its diesel-powered cars in India too.

Volkswagen Tiguan L Spy Shot Front Right Quarter

Not to worry, there is good news. First, the company seems to be in the final stages of deciding when to launch the Polo GTi in India; it has been spied testing many times in the country. The Ameo will be getting the new 1.5-litre TDI motor along with all the other cars in the company's stable which are powered by the older 1.5-litre diesel motor. The Passat GTE will be on our shores sometime in 2017, and finally - the Tiguan crossover.

The Tiguan was showcased at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo and it will be pitted against the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V etc. when launched. A long-wheelbase (LWB) version of the Tiguan has been spied in China, and the same model is expected to be brought to India too.

Volkswagen Tiguan L Spy Shot Right Side Profile

Design-wise, the only visual difference is the extra length of the crossover on the outside. Otherwise, the design is very similar to the Tiguan showcased at the Auto Expo. The extra length also frees up more space for a proper third row of seats, which could be a huge selling-point for the Tiguan. Interior design and equipment levels are not expected to change too. Powering the Tiguan will be a 2.0-litre TDI motor, which could be offered in either one of two states of tune - 150PS or 190PS. Seven-speed DSG will be offered as standard, while AWD may be offered as optional equipment/with certain variants.

Volkswagen Tiguan L Spy Shot Rear

The Tiguan will be assembled in India at the company's Aurangabad plant, with high levels of localisation. It will  be priced aggressively, but more details are awaited.

Spy shots courtesy - Car News China

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