Volkswagen launches Tiguan, its first ‘made in India’ SUV, at Rs 27.68 lakh

Volkswagen launched its most awaited SUV, the Tiguan on May 24. The SUV will be a rival to Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.

autos Updated: May 24, 2017 19:41 IST
Gulshankumar Wankar
Gulshankumar Wankar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Tiguan is the first ‘Made in India’ SUV by the German automaker. (Handout photo)

Volkswagen India on Wednesday launched its most awaited SUV Tiguan in two variants -- Comfortline at Rs 27.68 lakh and Highline at Rs 31.04 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).

The Tiguan is the first locally-assembled SUV from the German automaker, being rolled out of Skoda’s Aurangabad facility in Maharashtra. Czech automaker Skoda is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the VW Group.

Volkswagen first showcased Tiguan at Delhi Auto Expo 2016, and is looking to revive its falling market share in what would be the world’s third largest auto market by 2020. The utility vehicles segment here is in overdrive, growing at more than 30% for the past two consecutive years.

Launching the Tiguan, Volkswagen Group sales India MD Thierry Lespiaucq said, “The Tiguan has proven its mettle as a robust and capable carline world over, and we are delighted to introduce our global best-seller in the Indian market.

“With the Tiguan, we are proud to introduce our 4Motion intelligent all-wheel drive system based on the modern MQB platform, a first for Volkswagen in India,” he added.

Tiguan stands on the modular transverse matrix MQB platform and is 4704mm in length with a wheelbase of 2791mm. Its 2.0L TDI diesel engine, mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox, will churn out a max power of 147 bhp and 340Nm of top torque.

The size of the Tiguan is identical to the Audi Q3, its luxury sibling from the Volkswagen Group family. Both the cars have a ground clearance of 170 mm.

Tiguan will be produced at the Skoda Plant in Aurangabad in Maharashtra. (Handout photo)

Tiguan will look to take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. But there could be another in-house rival of Tiguan in the form of Skoda’s upcoming Kodiaq.

The Tiguan comes with driver-assist features such as 4-Motion technology, hill descent control and driving mode selector to tweak the mechanicals according to the terrain.

Another car from the German stable this year would be an update of the luxury sedan Passat.

Volkswagen is assembling Tiguan as completely-knocked-down unit at the Skoda plant in Aurangabad in Maharashtra, while its engine comes from VW’s Chakan assembly line near Pune. The focus is on optimal localisation of production to keep costs in check, while also developing more SUVs on the same platform in India.

The success of Tiguan will be crucial for the German auto major in India, as it stands at the exit of the emissions scandal. The compensations, penalties and recalls since it first broke in September 2015 have been huge, and so it is heavily banking on emerging markets like India and China.

Despite the heavy losses and brakes on sales in many big markets, the German automaker was 2016’s biggest automaker in the world, beating Toyota Motor Corporation.

In March, Volkswagen shook hands with Tata Motors to make vehicles under the Skoda badge. The economy-segment cars will be rolled out in 2019.

First Published: May 24, 2017 13:10 IST