The all-new second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan will be assembled locally in Malaysia for launch in 2017. This was confirmed by Mr Florian Steiner, Managing Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia at the launch of the all-new Volkswagen Passat B8 earlier today.
Like most of Volkswagen’s recent models including the Passat B8, the new Tiguan is based on the VW Group’s MQB platform. Thanks to CKD of the Passat B8, the DRB-Hicom plant in Pekan, Pahang, is therefore ready to undertake assembly of vehicles based on the MQB platform.
The second-generation Tiguan made its world debut last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It officially went on sale in Germany this April and is available with a range of petrol and diesel turbocharged four-cylinder engines with outputs ranging from 115 to 240PS. Depending on engine both front- and all-wheel drive configurations are available, as is the choice between 6-speed manual or DSG dual clutch transmissions with six or seven ratios.
A plug-in hybrid Tiguan GTE variant is also in the works, combining the 1.4-litre TSI engine with an electric motor to yield a net system output of 218PS with claimed fuel consumption of 1.9 litres/100km. The vehicle is capable of operating in full electric mode at speeds up to 130km/h.
For our market, we anticipate a petrol-driven setup featuring the 1.4-litre TSI engine with 150PS driving the front wheels through a 6-speed DSG. Volkswagen may also consider offering an all-wheel driven version powered by the Golf GTI’s 2.0-litre TSI engine with 220PS.
At present, the outgoing Tiguan in Malaysia is powered by Volkswagen’s previous-generation EA111 1.4-litre twincharged engine producing 160PS and 240Nm. It drives the front wheels via a 6-speed wet clutch DSG. Previously, Volkswagen had offered a more powerful 2.0-litre version with all-wheel drive and 7-speed DSG.