Volkswagen presents Tiguan X for the Chinese language market | Automobile Information
It’s nothing new for automakers to supply completely different fashions or variants from one nation to a different. That is significantly so for the Chinese language market, and Volkswagen’s newest mannequin is an excellent instance of this.
We communicate after all of the Tiguan X. The mannequin, whereas brand-new, is basically a coupe model of the favored SUV at the moment provided in China – and which, simply to make issues extra difficult, is completely different from the North American Tiguan. It is positioned as a sportier and extra dynamic providing, a bit just like the slot the Atlas Cross Sport occupies right here in relation to the common Atlas.
Although nothing is formally confirmed, it appears greater than clear the brand new Tiguan X will solely be provided in China. Volkswagen has mentioned nothing about the potential of bringing it to North America and even exporting it to its dwelling turf in Europe.
On the entrance finish, there’s no distinction with the common Tiguan bought in North America. It is a completely different story after all within the again, which will get a plunging roofline but nonetheless presents beneficiant cargo house. The Tiguan X accomplishes this by being for much longer (4.77 meters) than the long-wheelbase Tiguan. The mannequin is definitely primarily based on the Tiguan Allspace, which explains its elevated dimensions.
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Beneath the hood, customers will select from one in all two 4-cylinder TSI engines, providing 186 and 220 hp, respectively. These engines come commonplace with a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG automated transmission. No efficiency knowledge has been launched to this point, however this Tiguan X ought to provide comparable capabilities to the Chinese language-market Tiguan Allspace, which suggests a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of about 10 seconds.
That may not be adequate for North American customers, if the Tiguan X have been ever to be provided right here.
Past the specs and the seems, nonetheless, what’s notable about this latest VW product is that it highlights as soon as once more the rising chasm between the corporate’s North American and world choices. For Canadians who’ve lengthy favored Volkswagen’s autos, there’s cause to lament the route the corporate is taking in North America, which is to supply merchandise designed an increasing number of particularly designed for U.S. customers and their preferences.
Would this Tiguan X be a success right here in Canada? It’s a moot level, for now anyhow, however we should always assume so.