It’s not uncommon for an overseas manufacturer to conduct ride and handling test and tuning on Australian roads prior to a vehicle’s launch. And Volkswagen is the latest car company to conduct such calibration.
Over the past week, Australian motorists may have got a glimpse of a small fleet of German-registered, left-hand drive Tiguans on rural NSW roads. These vehicles, driven by a team of German-based Volkswagen engineers, were being used for the purposes of assessing new future technologies for Volkswagen global models.
Starting in Sydney, the team traversed NSW and the ACT, taking in roads through Port Macquarie, Armidale, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Canberra. The engineers field-tested the next generation of safety and assistance systems, including advanced lane assist with traffic jam and emergency assist, high beam assist and pedestrian detection – technologies that will debut with future updates of the new Tiguan and other forthcoming Volkswagen models.
Scheduled for local launch in September, the new Tiguan range will feature Front Assist, City Emergency Brake, Lane Assist, driver Fatigue Detection, Active Bonnet, Multi-Collision Brake, Park Assist and Rear View Camera (RVC).
Australian-delivered Tiguans will also usher in a new era of technology and functionality with the Active Info Display (digital instrument display) and Area View, which promises exceptional all-round visibility, electric tailgate with Easy Open and Close functions, 3-zone climate control air conditioning system and an 8” infotainment and navigation systems combine with App-Connect for complete connectivity.
The new engine range consists of three TSI petrol engines: a 110kW, a 132kW and a range-topping 162kW, and two TDI diesel engines: a 110kW, and a 140kW engine; each featuring BlueMotion Stop/Start Technology. These engines (with the exception of the 110kW TSI) are combined with the latest generation 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with Active Control.