Production of the new Volkswagen Tiguan has started in India, where official sales will begin next-month.
The 5-seater compact SUV is built the VW Group India plant in Aurangabad, where Skoda and Audi cars are also assembled, it will mark the return of Volkswagen into the SUV segments following the discontinuation of the Touareg a few years ago. Only diesel variant of the Tiguan will be on offer for the Indian market.
Based on the famous MQB platform from VW, which also underpins the Skoda Octavia and the Audi A3. The Tiguan will compete against the Hyundai Tucson, the Honda CR-V and the yet-to-be-launched Jeep Compass, with a premium pricing in the range of Rs 30-35 lakh (ex-showroom), when launched in India. The VW Tiguan’s bookings will commence in April, while the first units will hit showrooms by May.
As things stand, the Tiguan for India will be powered by a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine paired to the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and will also be offered with an all-wheel- drive system. This unit will produce 177 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The other engine variants available would be a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, but will be launched at a later stage.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said;
“We are delighted to introduce one of our most successful global products to the Indian market. The Tiguan will be our premium SUV offering for India and will cater to the unceasing demand in the segment. Our customers will now have an extended portfolio, ranging from hatchback to executive sedan, to meet their requirements at our showrooms.”
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