2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Offroad
Tiguan Offroad attempts off-roadingby Safet Satara, on
Volkswagen has revealed the new Tiguan Offroad. It is a new version of the super popular compact crossover now drizzled with features and solutions that make it far more suitable for off-roading tasks than before. Revealed at the Moscow Auto Show, the Tiguan Offroad brought numerous improvements over the standard Tiguan which grant the small Volkswagen with some capabilities that I would only expect from SUVs and vehicles that actually intend to go where the road ends in the first place.
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Offroad
Thanks to a fine set of additions, the exterior of the Tiguan Offroad isn’t as naive, city soft, and as pampered as the regular version of the crossover.
Instead, Volkswagen made some serious changes by installing new bumpers front and back.
This is the most crucial change they could have made, as the new bumpers actually provide an approach angle of 26 degrees. Quite convincing, wouldn’t you say so?
Keeping in line with the off-road nature of the Tiguan Offroad, Volkswagen added 17-inch alloy wheels. After all, 19-inch wheels on a vehicle suited for soft off-roading isn’t exactly perfect. Or smart. Having 17-inch wheels and chubbier tires are. With novel protection guards in the front, back, and sides, this Tiguan is definitely recognizable as a soft off-roader and not just a look-at-me posh city dweller. I like it more like this, really. Yet, don’t think for a second it lacks the drama of the city versions.
Volkswagen decided to garnish the exterior with an R-line spoiler, LED front lights (Ok, they are optional), and black painted side mirrors. Yup, this is only makeup adding to the prestige the Tiguan might experience somewhere.
As it is unveiled in Russia, be sure that this car is regarded as far more upscale than in the U.S. Volkswagen as a brand as well.
Although Volkswagen did not say anything about the possible European model, if we take into account that the photographed car had German license plates, it seems like one will be introduced on the Old Continent as well. It will Look the same as the Russian version for sure.
Although I did say that it features 17-inch wheels, Volkswagen made it available with 18 inchers as well. But I wouldn’t go for it. Smaller wheels somehow make the Tiguan Offroad more serious in its adventure-seeking excursions.
Volkswagen did plenty in making the interior as off-road worthy as humanly possible. Well, at least, as “Tiguan-interior” possible. Bear in mind that the Tiguan features a “hatch-like” cabin and this means that Volkswagen could only do so much to make it off-roady enough.
The changes include the addition of new rubber mats, aluminum pedal covers, and various other synthetic materials covering the interior surfaces to make them more wear and tear resistant.
Things you need the most in an off-road eager CUV, right?
Inside, you will find a digital instrument cluster, keyless access and startup system, and functions like ACC Stop & Go, Park Assist, and others. Finally, Volkswagen sealed the deal with an 8-inch display as part of an Infotainment system that is capable of supporting Android Auto and CarPlay.
Drivetrain & Performance
4Motion is standard. Of course it is! You can’t have something that has Offroad in its name send power to just two wheels. Nevertheless, the Tiguan Offroad is available with a number of different powertrains. First of all, the entry-level car is powered by a 1.4-liter, turbocharged, four-banger that’s capable of releasing 150 horsepower.
Furthermore, Volkswagen offers it with a 2.0-liter TSI with 180 horsepower and a 2.0-liter TDI that develops 150 horsepower. All except for the TDI are available with a DSG or a manual transmission. The TDI is the only available with the DSG transmission. Not that many would complain.
The Volkswagen Tiguan has always been offered with some kind of soft off-roading gear. The previous generation car even had a whole trim level called Track and Field dedicated for soft off-road purposes. The new Tiguan Offroad is like that - a car doing all it can to demonstrate its potential on asphalt covered roads. While the Volkswagen Tiguan Offroad price is still unavailable, considering it packs a lot of equipment, mandatory 4Motion, and some special hardware, I’d say the Tiguan Offroad will be considerably more expensive than other similarly powered Tiguans.
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