Volkswagen has hinted at plans to introduce two new SUVs namely the 2019 VW Tiguan and VW Atlas. Seemingly, the company has opted to boost its vehicle offerings in the compact crossover segments in line with most buyer preferences. So far, few details have emerged regarding Volkswagen’s inbound SUVs.
Having two vehicles in each of these categories might appear slightly excessive. However, Volkswagen North American CEO, Hinrich Woebcken, maintains that this is a logical way to bolster the company’s sales. “We have put progressive measures in place to ensure these strong segments are doubled up. After all, consumers are increasingly shifting their preferences toward Sports Utility Vehicles”, he said.
2019 VW Tiguan is a Compact Mid-Sized SUV
Volkswagen has been struggling to gain consumer approval in the US crossover market for decades. Finally, it looks like the company has realized that size matters in the world of crossovers. The 2019 VW Tiguan is precisely what the average American consumer wants. It is a compact, mid-sized SUV with 11 extra inches long to give room for additional cargo and people. This model will weight 3,777 pounds. It is really a heavyweight champion in this category.
The refreshed VW Tiguan SUV has received a plethora of new updates, such as a more muscular appearance. Woebcken confirmed that the reworked Tiguan shares MQB modular platform with other cars like full-size Atlas and compact Golf.
Regarding the front fascia, the next-generation SUV shares the same grille design, front bumper, and headlights with the full-size Atlas. It also boasts a sharply chiseled profile line along with clean lines on the hood for better visual appeal. The car’s rear end is sleek and looks nice. Of course, we also expect this model to present new exterior themes and color combinations.
The next-gen Tiguan has its cargo space stretched to enhance both comfort and cargo capacity. The new vehicle flaunts the capacity to haul more people and cargo than the previous edition. It has what it takes to tote up to seven adults and 73.5 cubic feet of cargo. The incumbent version can only carry five passengers and 56.1 cubic feet of cargo. Visually, the Volkswagen engineers and designers have given the revived model a more rugged look that most consumers prefer.
2019 VW Tiguan Interior
As far as the interior goes, the 2019 VW Tiguan possibly continues with the same cabin arrangement as the previous auto. Its interior style looks efficient and straightforward given that the carmaker uses the finest quality materials. Besides, the equipment organization complies with the latest global standards.
All versions of the incoming Volkswagen 2019 VW Tiguan contain the latest Car-Net App Connect system, premium Fender sound system and a 12.4-inch digital instrument panel. With the base price, one will get three row of seats, colorful 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Also, the present of Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity is there.
The company has also hinted at plans to incorporate a suite of advanced safety systems into this model. These include automatic emergency braking; lane departure warning; forward collision warning; rear-cross traffic alert; parking camera (rearview camera), blind-spot monitoring among others.
2019 VW Tiguan GTE Active model
The much more attractive model 2019 VW Tiguan GTE Active is introduced first time on Frankfurt auto show last September. The newest model measure around 3.5-inch-shorter wheelbase than the Tiguan. Also, this model will get many modifications from the exterior to interior. With attractive Dragon Red paint, this model will also have strips in the air-vent, roof accessories, skid plates, 245/70R-16 tires, tow hooks, C-shaped fog lamps and many other features. The headlights on this model are same in the base one.
For the interior, this model will get the big 9.2-inch high-resolution display. It will also offer Mirror Link, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It will get most of the safety features included in Tiguan model.
This Off-Road ready 2019 VW Tiguan GTE Active is powered by the plug-in hybrid system. It consists of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors. One electric motor is connected to the front and give 54 HP. The next one is on the back and produces 114 HP. Also, the battery is 2.4-kW-hr lithium-ion. This battery will be able to provide up to 20 miles of electric driving range.
With the full gas tank of 16.9-gallon, one will get impressive 580 miles. The total output o the car is 221 HP with accelerating time from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. The top speed is120-mph. It will come with five mods Comfort, Eco, Offroad, Sport and Snow. It comes with an estimated price of $50,000.
2019 VW Tiguan Engine and Transmission
Under the hood of the 2019 VW Tiguan is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain, which yields about 184 HP and 221-lb.ft of torque. This drivetrain gets an 8-speed automatic gearbox that routes power to the front wheels. Although the Tiguan has FWD program as standard, you can opt for an AWD system. EPA ratings for the FWD model stand at 24 mpg combined.
The All-Wheel-Drive option, on the other hand, has its ratings at 23 mpg combined. We also must mention that this model comes with modes On-Road, Snow, Off-Road and Custom Off-Road. With the On Road features one will get four model Normal, Sport, Eco and Custom.
2019 VW Tiguan Towing Capacity
The newest model 2019 VW Tiguan is ideal for larger loads. It can easily pull camping, construction supplies and tow motorcycle or jetskis. Furthermore, with the 2,0-liter engine, the model can maximum tow 2,200 pounds. Just for the comparison in the same category, the model like Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is able to tow 2000 pounds and pull up to up to 3,500 lbs.
2019 VW Tiguan Debut and Suggested Retail Price
Reliable insiders have told us that Volkswagen will present both Tiguan and Atlas SUVs before the decade ends. We are likely to see the 2019 VW Tiguan at dealers in the summer of the 2018 calendar year. That means enthusiastic buyers will already be driving this machine before the year ends.
Pricing updates are still unknown. However, the new SUV is likely to start at $26,095 with top-tier options hitting the $38,450 redline. All prices include destination fees.The inbound Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is set to compete with the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and the latest Ford Escape.