2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, official pictures and specs

Volkswagen saw fit to reward the Tiguan crossover with a new generation; here is everything you need to know about the new VW Tiguan

Maybe not as popular as the full-size SUV going by the name of VW Touareg, the Tiguan did his job well for VW in terms of sales and lives to see a second generation.

What Volkswagen wanted to state with the new Tiguan has a lot to do with the crossover's mature attitude, so allow us to detail. The new VW Tiguan sits on the MQB modular platform introduced in the automotive world by the VW Golf VII. Size-wise, the new Tiguan is 6.1 cm (2.4 in) longer but the wheelbase went also up by 7.6 cm (3 in) and that can only mean one thing: more space inside.

Volkswagen Tiguan – on the inside

Speaking of the cabin, those familiar with the B8 Passat will recognize the same design language inside the new Tiguan. That's a good sign VW is taking quality up a notch for their crossover, to a new upmarket territory.

Practicality is also on the generous side since the boot can take up to 615 liters of cargo. Fold down the rear seat backrests and you gain another 1,045 liters for a maximum loading capacity of 1,655 liters.

Depending on the trim level they select, customers get either a basic 5-inch display or an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.

Volkswagen Tiguan – Powertrain

Downsized technology seems to the new Tiguan's favorite when it comes to what's under the hood. The crossover can be fitted with a range of TDI and TSI mills, with power outputs that vary from 115 horsepower to 240 horsepower – with the latter being delivered by the same 2.0-liter BiTDI engine that debuted on the new Passat.

VW tells us the engines are both more powerful and more efficient and can be exploited through a new 4MOTION Active Control all-wheel drive system. In a nutshell, this new feature allows drivers to adjust the all-wheel drive system in a more personalized fashion to ease driving under various terrain and weather conditions.

Furthermore, if you own a trailer or a boat you should know that the new Tiguan can pull trailer loads of up to 2,500 kg. The safety area is well represented by assistance systems such as Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, all offered as standard equipment.