2012 Tiguan bows at Geneva

4 Mar 2011 | 1,803 views | No Comment
  To be successful in this business, you have to update your lineup regularly, even if it only has a few years under its belt on the market. Such is the case of Volkswagen of America, Inc. which announced some updates and refinements on its small SUV, the Tiguan. There are upgrades to the interior, big improvements in fuel economy and a bit different look for the Tiguan for 2012. With an anticipated on sale date during the fall of 2011, pricing information for the 2012 Tiguan will be released later this year. The biggest appearance change is the use of "the horizontal Volkswagen brand face giving the 2012 Tiguan a modern and sleek look and feel. A redesigned grille featuring two horizontal chrome strips runs between the updated headlights to form a single unit. Striking LED daytime running lights will be available in combination with Bi-XenonTM headlights with AFS (advanced headlight system) on SEL models," a company statement says. " Trapezoidal lower air intakes containing the fog light housings, separated by a new center design element, give the 2012 Tiguan a sporty and attractive new look," the release added. The SE and SEL models get a chrome accent along the lower body of the Tiguan, and the taillights are different for 2012, too using a "double L" pattern. The 2012 Tiguan will offer a factory-installed19” wheel option, for the first time. The R GmbH developed “Savannah” alloy wheel and a sport-tuned suspension will be standard on SEL trim level, with the result being a Tiguan SEL with a premium look, and a sporty driving experience. Pepper Gray will replace Alpine Gray for the 2012 model year, while Night Blue, first offered in 2011, will add depth and color to the palette. All three Tiguan trims will feature interior enhancements. The Tiguan S will offer new high quality cloth seating surfaces in black. The Tiguan SE features Volkswagen’s V-Tex leatherette, available in black or beige. Customers interested in the Tiguan SEL will be able to choose from leather seating surfaces with driver memory seat in either black or beige. Tiguan comes with a 2.0-liter TSI® engine that delivers turbocharged acceleration and higher gasoline efficiency. While EPA figures are not yet available, the 2012 Tiguan is expected to deliver noteworthy highway fuel economy improvements from 25 miles per gallon highway to an estimated 29 miles per gallon highway. All 2012 Tiguan models will feature standard Bluetooth connectivity, aux-in, power-adjustable heated side view mirrors and six airbags-- helping keep drivers safe while also connected on the road. The 2012 Tiguan comes standard with an eight speaker radio system, and Volkswagen’s touch-screen Premium VIII radio will be available on the SE trim level. Also available are two color touch-screen navigation systems, the RNS 315 or the RNS 510 system with a rear-view camera. Top trim levels will feature a Dynaudio® 300 watt sound system.

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