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There isn’t much a parent wouldn’t do to ensure their child is in the safest scenario possible. So much so that if it’s something that they can control, they’ll find a way to control it.
This commercial from Volkswagen is a testament to that, as a mother opts to take her daughter’s boyfriend’s riced out Honda Del Sol out to pick up groceries rather than letting her daughter go out in it. Instead, the kids get to safely drive around town in her mom’s Tiguan, one of the nine Volkswagen IIHS Top Safety Picks.
The ad is worth a good laugh, especially since it reminds us of just how ridiculous Hondas were customized back in the mid to late 90s. This Del Sol simply screams out Fast and the Furious. We can’t believe that style of body kits and graphics were once the cool thing to do.
Watch the commercial after the break.
Rumors have been circulating for a while that Volkswagen has been working on a three-row crossover. Now it has been officially confirmed by the Wolfsburg automaker.
The planned “Honda Pilot fighter” as Car & Driver puts it, should help bolster the appeal of VW CUVs amongst US buyers since the two-row Toureg is expensive and doesn’t fit the needs of the majority of shoppers in this segment.
In keeping with its current US market strategy of offering more spacious vehicles at lower prices, expect the new VW crossover, when it does materialize to be priced similar to the Pilot and the Ford Explorer, which should mean somewhere in the low $30k range.
As for engines, the most likely candidates will probably be VW’s 3.6-liter gas V6, with the 3.0-liter V6 TDI diesel a possible option. Given that this new SUV has obviously been designed primarily with the US market in mind, it will probably be built here too, at the firm’s new manufacturing complex on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee, though Mexico remains another possibility.
Alongside the new three-row crossover, a VW exec has also reportedly said that the next generation Tiguan will also be conceived more with a US audience in mind; the current model, is seen by some as perhaps a little too “European” thanks to its compact dimensions, firm ride and GTi like driving characteristics.
[Source: Car & Driver]
The most successful SUV in the German market just got a whole lot cooler thanks to the addition of R-Line accessories to its model. Volkswagen’s Tiguan has enjoyed immense success, especially with its newly face lifted 2012 model, and now Volkswagen will be offering an interior R-Line accessory package and an exterior R-Line accessory package.
Both packages are available for the Show & Style model of the Tiguan and comes with mostly aesthetic upgrades. For the outside package, the front and rear bumpers are replaced with more aggressive and sportier variants while the rear also gets a roof spoiler and rear diffuser. R-Line logos, new aluminum door sill plates and 19-inch wheels with 255/40/19 rubber finishes off the exterior package. The exterior package will run around $3,390 and can be had on any Candy White, Reflex Silver Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect, Night Blue Metallic or Pepper Gray Metallic Tiguan.
For the inside, the Tiguan can receive a pair of sport seats up front, unique upholstery, a sporty steering wheel, black headliner, aluminum pedals and R-Line logos. Those wanting leather seats will have to pay $2,920 for the R-Line package while those opting for non-leather seats will only have to hand over $1,160 for the interior upgrades.
Volkswagen did not mention whether or not the R-Line accessories for the Tiguan will make it to the United States.
GALLERY: Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
For those wanting an oil burning Tiguan in the United States, it seems that Volkswagen is full of empty promises. When its baby SUV was first introduced here in 2008, execs said that adding a diesel variant to the U.S. line up was a possibility.
Now, more than three years on, the Tiguan is into its first makeover and there’s still no diesel available, though VW is saying that it might be on the cards for 2015.
According to VW product planner John Ryan, the problem isn’t due to lack of customer interest, far from it in fact. “Everybody is asking for one,” he says. “Dealers are asking, customers are asking.” No doubt interest in a diesel Tiguan has been spurred by rising gas prices across the U.S. this year.
However, the problem of actually selling one on these shores is down to two major factors: emissions requirements and supply. In order to meet U.S. smog standards, an oil burning Tiguan would have to incorporate an Ad Blue type Urea injection system, which costs significantly more than the Nitrous Oxide canisters found on the Jetta and Golf TDI models. This would bump up the price of the Tiguan and likely render it uncompetitive against other small SUVs stateside. (It’s already one of the most expensive in the segment).
The other problem is being able to build enough of them to satisfy demand. Given that Tiguans for our market are imported for Europe and most home market sales are diesels, the largest market needs feeding first, which could hamper availability for American buyers.
Nevertheless, Ryan says that these obstacles could be overcome, though it will probably be another three years before a TDI Tiguan could actually materialize on these shores, as part of the next generation lineup. Third time lucky? Let’s hope so.
Volkswagen has unveiled its new Tiguan ahead of its Geneva debut in March. The small SUV gets new front end styling that brings it in line with the rest of the new Volkswagen lineup.
The Tiguan also gets three new engines in Europe, for a total of seven: four gasoline engines and three diesels, including the BlueMotion engines that now get stop/start technology for further fuel savings. The Tiguan will come with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as an option
Inside and out, the Tiguan can now be ordered with two trim levels that VW optimistically calls “Track and Style” and “Sport and Style,” aimed at on-road and off-road driving, respectively. On the technology front VW is pulling no punches by adding fatigue detection, Lane Assist, and perhaps most importantly, the XDS electric differential lock.
Germans can already order the Tiguan now, at a price of 24,175 Euros. The rest of Europe can take delivery in August, and North Americans will see the new Tiguan afterwards, when VW announces a release date for us.
Click through for the full press release after the jump!