By Otsile Kadiege
Since its introduction back in 2017, Volkswagen has sold 1.5 million units of the long wheel-base Tiguan Allspace. The Wolfsburg based automaker is ready to give the LWB Tiguan major visual and technological updates.
Noticeable changes outside the Tiguan Allspace include sharper looking headlights which features an independent radiator grille and elegant signature light that exudes premium quality. For the first time, the Tiguan Allspace can now be ordered with IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights. A further new feature is the sequential indicator function of the LED turn signals. On either side of the redesigned Volkswagen logo, an illuminated strip in the radiator grille adds a striking visual note. Due to its redesigned front, the Tiguan Allspace has now grown to a length of 4,723 mm (22 mm longer), but unfortunately the interior measurements are unchanged.
In future, the Tiguan Allspace will be available in the three different grades, namely Life, Elegance and R-Line in Germany.
The Elegance equipment showcases the new Tiguan Allspace with numerous chrome-plated elements in the interior and on the exterior as well as 19- inch alloy wheels. The R-Line version gets a multifunction leather sports steering wheel with touch operation and R-Line logo, decorative trims in Carbon Grey, Digital Cockpit Pro and 19- or 20-inch wheels are just some of the distinctive features.
Inside, the Tiguan features a redesigned steering wheel with capacitive buttons, as well as touch panels and sliders which take the place of rotary knobs and buttons. Consumers who are looking for more comfort can opt for ergoActive front seats with electric 4-way lumbar support adjustment and massage function. The Tiguan Allspace also boasts a number of new infotainment systems (new-generation MIB3) that are linked up to a wide range of online services.
Consumers can opt for a premium sound system by Harmon Kardon which includes a subwoofer, a digital 16-channel amplifier, 8 plus 1 high-performance loudspeakers and an amplifier with a 480-watt total output provide crystal clear treble and deep, rich bass sounds.
Volkswagen has only confirmed that the Tiguan Allspace will be available with a choice of three TSIs and two TDIs engines. A 7-speed dual clutch transmission is available upon request or depending on the chosen equipment. The Tiguan Allspace will feature partly automated driving thanks to the automaker’s IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist.
Virtual reality to support local launch of the new Volkswagen Tiguan
Meanwhile, as we edge closer to the local launch of the updated Volkswagen Tiguan which will go on sale from the 1st of July 2021, Volkswagen South Africa has revealed that the launch of the new Tiguan in South Africa will be supported with Virtual Reality (VR) technology, which is available at 25 selected Volkswagen dealerships across South Africa. This will in turn strengthen Volkswagen’s local digitalisation strategy.
Other Volkswagen cars like the Polo, T-Cross and T-Roc are all available in VR. The latter will also be available for the Golf 8 GTI when it goes on sale in September 2021. Through using VR, customers can learn more about the vehicle and its features, configure a vehicle to their specification as well as take it on various adventures.
The updated Tiguan is Volkswagen’s most technologically advanced SUV in South Africa and VR allows customers to experience these advancements in real time. Customers will be able to experience night-time driving in the new Tiguan as well as the convenience offered by the IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, which feature 22 individual LEDs per headlight.
Features like Lane Change Assist and Side Assist are also easily experienced using VR. Lane Change Assist and Side Assist helps drivers to stay in their lane with reaction to vehicles moving in parallel as well as oncoming traffic. Another feature available on VR is Emergency Braking with Front Assist which assists with detecting obstacles in the front of the vehicle.
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