It's no secret that the Volkswagen Tiguan has been on its way here for a while, but Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has finally previewed the car today without any camouflage on.
The singular powertrain offering for our local Tiguan will be the 1.4 TSI paired with a 6-speed wet-clutch DSG that sends power purely to the front wheels. There will be two variants available: the Comfortline, and the higher-spec Highline. The Tiguan will be assembled at Pekan and benefits from EEV incentives.
The pricing is highly attractive for these two models. While there can be no firm pricing until its launch in April, VPCM estimates that the Tiguan Comfortline will go for RM 149,000, while the Tiguan Highline will go for RM 169,000.
For early birds, there will be an extra RM 7,000 taken off the price as well, but even without the early bird offers the Tiguan is highly competitive within its segment provided that it can come in at the estimated price.
Let's run through the specifications quickly. The model on display here is the Highline, but if you opt for the lower priced Comfortline you will get:
- 17" Montana Alloy Wheels
- Park Distance Control
- Automatic Rain and Light Sensors
- LED Tail Lamps
- Black Roof Rails
- Fabric Interior
- Multifunction Colour Premium Display
- 8" Touch Screen with Bluetooth, SD Card, USB and Aux-In functionality
- 8 Speakers
- Paddle Shifters
If you opt for the top-spec Highline as shown here, you will also get:
- 18" Kingston Alloy Wheels
- Park Assist 3.0
- Full LED Headlamps and DRLs
- Silver Roof Rails
- Electric Tailgate
- Leather Interior
- 12.3" Active Info Display (an LCD screen that replaces the instrument cluster)
- 3-Zone Climatronic Air-conditioning
- Interior Ambient Lighting
- Rear View Camera
As you can see the spec list between the two sports some fairly major differences, although it's unlikely that you'd be left wanting for more if you pick the Comfortline instead. The new Tiguan sits on the MQB platform that also underpins the 7th generation Golf, which means it is poised to be quite an impressive product.
The new Tiguan is also wider, lower, and longer than the outgoing model- perhaps a little sleeker and a little less utilitarian, but we like the styling direction and the incorporation of the more current Volkswagen design elements.