Published on September 27th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
VW Tiguan compact crossover confirmed for Malaysia for 2017
When it comes to the compact crossover sector, Volkswagen has been lagging behind its competition. The higher priced Tiguan with its understated styling just didn’t stand out from its numerous competitors. The Tiguan has been completely redesigned and the German auto maker is hoping for better results.
The new VW Tiguan compact crossover is expected to make its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month.
Beginning in 2017, it will be built at a Mexican plant. The popularity of high-riding vehicles have never been higher and it is expected to grow even more. For this reason the major automakers are rushing to launch a slew of SUVs and crossover in the upcoming years.
That includes the Tiguan Coupe for VW, but they are also expecting to release a new mid-size 7-seater crossover as well as a coupe-like model both based on the CrossBlue concept from 2013. Also expected are a subcompact crossover with the 2014 T-Roc as the basis and a minicar crossover based on the 2012 Tiguan concept. VW is using its flexible MQB platform to pump out these various Tiguan models. VW Up running gear was the inspiration for the Tiguan concept.
The Tiguan Coupe R would have a powertrain like the one on the Golf R, which is a turbocharged 300hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. There will be a number of upgrades to the chassis so that it can handle the more powerful engine. The upgrades will include a suspension that is sport-tuned, updated brakes and various driving modes that can be selected to adjust to various dynamic features. This new Tiguan Coupe is expected in 2017.