Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hyundai Langdong, 2013

  • Hyundai Langdong, 2013

Hyundai Motor Company, whose joint venture in China is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, unveiled its China-exclusive Elantra ("Langdong," or ?? in Chinese) at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, held at the China International Exhibition Center.

Langdong, which can be translated as a "dynamic (car) for the young, new generation," is based on Hyundai Motor's best-selling and multi-award winning Elantra that has captured the hearts of customers worldwide. Together with its new third-generation Santa Fe, Hyundai aims to boost its mid- to large-sized vehicle offerings in China and raise its brand image.

"A decade ago, Hyundai was known for making only small cars. Today, our Equus and Genesis (badged as Rohens in China) luxury cars compete with the best vehicles that Europe can make," Seung-Tack Kim, Executive Vice President & COO of Hyundai Motor's Global Business Division, said in Beijing today. "Ten years ago, we were a follower in the auto industry. Today, we are a leader - and ready for the future."

Langdong, which will be produced at Hyundai's new, third plant in Beijing in the second half of 2012, is expected to accelerate the upward momentum for Hyundai in the world's largest auto market. Beijing Hyundai Motor Co. (BHMC), Hyundai's joint venture in China, is currently building a third plant, which will raise its maximum production capacity to one million units.

Hyundai Langdong is based on a design concept called Wind Craft that is part of Hyundai's larger design philosophy of Fluidic Sculpture, which has been applied to the company's entire lineup since 2009. The aggressive front-end design of Langdong, with its wraparound headlights, creates a feeling of motion and strength. The streamlined character line on the side volume sweeps back dramatically toward the rear, giving the entire vehicle the appearance of having been crafted by the wind.

Hyundai Langdong is a compact car with the feel of a larger car. With an overall length of 4,690 mm, width of 1,880 mm, height of 1,680 mm and a wheelbase of 2,700 mm, Langdong is larger than its competitors. This means Langdong provides consumers with the convenience of a compact car but the practicality and comfort of a mid-sized car.

Hyundai's 1.6L and 1.8L MPI engines will be offered on Langdong. The 1.6L engine has a maximum power of 93.8 kW (127.4 PS) and a maximum torque of 155.5N.m (15.9 kg.m). The 1.8L engine has a maximum power of 107.4 kW (146.1 PS) and a maximum torque of 174.6 N.m (17.8 kg.m). Hyundai Langdong also offers excellent fuel economy, beating its rivals with fuel-saving devices that include our 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions and Hyundai's Active ECO driving mode.

Inside, premium features include a navigation system, dual-zone and fully automatic air conditioning; ventilated, fully adjustable power seats with seat heaters, an LCD instrument display and push-button start.

Driver safety is a high priority for Hyundai. Langdong, which has received the highest safety ratings from government agencies in Europe and the U.S., has a series of active and passive safety features including side air bags, an emergency brake reminder and a tire pressure monitoring system, to name a few.

Hyundai will introduce its advanced Blue Link infotainment system to Hyundai Langdong. Blue Link offers a wide variety of features such as safety and maintenance alerts, navigation and remote control, all with minimum driver distraction. Starting from the first half of 2012, Hyundai plans to expand its lineup of cars in China that offer the Blue Link service.
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Honda Accord Coupe, 2013

  • Honda Accord Coupe, 2013

Honda revealed the first images of the much anticipated all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, set to go on sale in fall 2012. The most sculpted Accord ever delivers an even more spacious and luxurious passenger cabin wrapped in an upscale, sophisticated exterior designed to stand the test of time.

The 2013 Accord's styling is expressive, sophisticated and premium. Starting in the front, a bold new grille imparts a distinctive and dynamic tension that complements the powerful look of the hood's multiple styling lines. A strong side character line flows through the door handles and flares upward toward the rear of the vehicle to further convey a sense of motion. A deep contour in the rocker panel firmly grounds its visual presence to the road and smartly turns upward to convey a sporty attitude. In the back, the inward slope where the fenders taper into the trunk and C-pillars is designed to convey a powerful, athletic stance from the rear.

True to the spirit of Honda and every Accord before it, the ninth-generation embraces a customer focus from the inside out. Smart interior packaging allows for increased passenger and cargo space in both the sedan and the coupe, while the overall exterior lengths are noticeably shortened, contributing to a sportier driving character and easier parking. An expansive greenhouse and generous rear seating area provide excellent levels of visibility and comfort for the driver and all passengers.

"This car is the most sculpted and the most dynamic Honda Accord yet," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. "Following Honda's long-held philosophy of 'man maximum, machine minimum,' the beautiful exterior evolved from a focus on interior space and the needs of the people inside it."

On the road, an overall aerodynamic shape combined with low-drag exterior surfaces including nearly flush windshield glass, flush-mounted windshield wipers and careful under-body tailoring promise enhanced fuel efficiency. Premium details like available LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights hint at the sophisticated technology and luxury available inside.
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Mercedes-Benz G-Class, 2013

  •  Mercedes-Benz G-Class, 2013
After 33 years the Mercedes-Benz G-Class once again has fresh momentum behind it, as the sales figures for this most enduring of luxury off-roaders go to show. Between 2009 and 2001 sales rose by more than 50 percent. A comprehensive facelift is now set to make this classic among cross-country vehicles an even more attractive proposition. With a new and luxurious interior, some discreet modifications to the exterior, new safety features, a new infotainment system and, in some cases, new engines, Mercedes-Benz has upgraded the award-winning G-Class even further in a continuation of its remarkable evolution.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class was originally conceived as a vehicle for use primarily in tough, off-road terrain; and this was the way it was launched, back in 1979. Over the course of its long years of production, the specification has been regularly modified to reflect the requirements of its customers - but the essential character of the G-Class remains unchanged.

Over the years, state-of-the-art electronics have been applied to improving its already outstanding off-road capability still further. At the same time Mercedes-Benz has continued to work on bringing the interior appointments and road-going qualities up to the same high standard as for the premium saloons emanating from Stuttgart. Its outstanding performance in tough terrain, its ability as a towing vehicle and its luxurious look and feel have all added up to ensure that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is still going strong after what is now a third of a century. Even today, this classic model is still considered one of the best cross-country vehicles around and has only recently once again been voted "Off-roader of the year" - after 33 years on the market.

Even safer and more luxurious - the G-Class is largely hand-built in Graz, Austria.

The most important new interior features of the 2012 facelift:
    a completely re-designed, high-quality dashboard with central, free-standing 17.8 cm colour display unit,
    a completely re-designed centre console with centre dome and generously-sized trim elements,
    a new instrument cluster with round-dial instruments and TFT colour display, as well as new multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles,
    COMAND Online with internet access, operated through the COMAND Controller,
    re-designed, extremely functional and ergonomic controls,
    and a new air conditioning control unit.

In order to ensure that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class loses none of its character, certain very typical features of the interior have been retained:
    grab handle on the dashboard for the front passenger,
    switches for the differential locks highlighted in chrome,
    shift lever on the centre console rather than on the steering wheel.
    A few cautious modifications have been made to the exterior:
    new exterior mirrors,
    new LED daytime running lamps
    and, for the AMG models, a new radiator grille with twin slats, new bumpers with large air intakes as well as red brake callipers and, for the first time, 20-inch rims.

The outstanding functionality, reliability, quality and high-class style remain unchanged.

Five engine variants
The "G" family currently comprises two body variants - the four-door long-wheelbase Station Wagon and the G 500 as a Cabriolet with short wheelbase.

The entry-level model for the long-wheelbase Station Wagon is the G 350 BlueTEC with 6-cylinder diesel engine and a displacement of 2987 cc. This four-cylinder unit has an output of 155 kW (211 hp) at 3400 rpm and produces torque of 540 Newton metres over a speed range of 1600 to 2400 rpm. The BlueTEC technology developed by Mercedes-Benz is used to minimise the engine's emissions, particularly of nitrogen oxide (NOx). The G 350 BlueTEC uses AdBlue®, an aqueous urea solution, which is injected into the exhaust-gas stream. This process releases ammonia, which converts up to 80 percent of the nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water by a process of reduction in the downstream SCR catalytic converter. Since the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is often used in remote areas of the world, as indeed it was designed to do, the engineers have made things even simpler by integrating the AdBlue® filler cap into the vehicle's filler neck compartment, accessible from the outside. One full tank of AdBlue® is good for around 12,000 kilometres.

The alternative to the diesel engine is the G 500, with its powerful 5.5-litre V8 petrol engine. This has an output of 285 kW (387 hp) and offers excellent torque of 530 Newton metres. The same engine also ensures that the G 500 Cabriolet has generous reserves of power to deal with any situation.

New to the range are the G63 AMG and G65 AMG models, with which the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz meets the desire for yet more power. To this end, AMG has fitted the four-door long-wheelbase Station Wagon of the G63 AMG with a biturbo V8 engine, with an output of 400 kW (544 hp) and impressive maximum torque of 760 Newton metres. This powerful AMG V8 engine is fitted as standard with the ECO start/stop function, which is an extremely effective way of helping the driver to reduce fuel consumption

The new top-of-the-range model from now on is the G65 AMG, meeting the requirement for a 12-cylinder engine in the G-Class. Its performance figures are correspondingly impressive: 450 kW (612 hp) and 1000 Newton metres are there for the taking. The G65 AMG is thus the most powerful series-production off-roader in the world.

Automatic transmission for lower consumption and more fun at the wheel
The G 350 and G 500 come with the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission as standard. Now in its sixth generation, the multi-ratio automatic transmission was developed by Mercedes-Benz and has been produced since 1960. The new version has been thoroughly revised to optimise consumption and comfort compared with its predecessor. The new generation of the torque converter provides an improved dynamic response and reduced noise and vibration levels thanks to a new hydraulic circuit, as well as enhanced dampers and an optimised torque converter housing. The extreme wheel-slip reduction of the torque converter housing, combined with  larger mechanical damper de-coupling, helps to reduce consumption significantly;
    in addition, the gearshift program in ECO mode has been changed in favour of lower engine rpm at cruising speeds;
    friction-optimised bearings and seals plus a new automatic transmission oil (FE-ATF) with reduced viscosity in conjunction with an optimised additive package.

Compared with the previous transmission, this enhances the ease of shifting and reduces fuel consumption, quite apart from adding driving enjoyment. The improved longevity of the new oil also means that oil change intervals have extended from 50,000 (old) to 125,000 kilometres (new).

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS seven-speed automatic used in the AMG models provides more than adequate power transmission. Its most important characteristics: three transmission modes, an automatic double-declutching function and defined ignition and injection retardations to ensure shorter shift times when changing up at full load.

Technical superiority off-road
The technical qualities of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class are highly prized. The tremendous torque of its engines makes the luxury off-roader an excellent vehicle for towing, while three electrically controlled 100-percent differential locks that can be activated while the vehicle is moving in low gear mode, a reduction gear and rigid axle are characteristics that make it an unrivalled proposition in rough, off-road terrain.

Fundamental to the vehicle's capability in even the toughest terrain is its dip-primed and power-coated ladder frame, made out of sheet steel up to four millimetres thick, with solid longitudinal sections and cross-members. This design is considerably more robust and thus better suited for off-road use than an integral body construction. The strong ladder frame not only has the stability to deal with torsional forces but also forms the lowest point of the structure, so protecting the major assembly, fuel tank and exhaust system from surface contact, for example when the vehicle is negotiating obstacles.

Suspension ensures maximum off-road capability
The suspension of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is also specially designed for driving in challenging terrain. The key factors here are its high ground clearance and long shock course for the springs. Together they provide the basis for the excellent off-road capability of the G-Class. The figures:

    slope climbing ability of up to 80% depending on the surface,
    21 cm ground clearance,
    maximum fording depth of 60 cm through water and mud,
    tilt angle up to 54%,
    angle of approach/departure up to 36° at the front and 27° at the rear (differs with AMG).

Mechanical and electronic systems work hand in hand
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the only off-road vehicle to combine the electronic traction system 4ETS with a transfer case and three 100% differential locks, so allowing the following systems to move the vehicle forward safely and reliably:

the permanent all-wheel drive is designed for maximum traction and distributes the power to the front and rear axles in the ratio 50:50

the electronic traction system 4ETS guides the driving power to the wheels with the best traction, so making it much easier to negotiate snow and ice-covered roads as well as demanding off-road routes

the three 100% differential locks apply the driving power precisely where the best traction is available. They can be switched on individually while the vehicle is moving. Only one wheel needs to find grip in order to move the vehicle forward

the low-range ratio helps to ensure maximum traction on difficult surfaces, for example in mud or on sand. It can be engaged at speeds of up to 40 km/h in transmission mode N, using the Low Range switch.

The latest safety features
The new generation of the G-Class also offers a range of exemplary safety features. For example, the luxury off-roader features a completely reconfigured ESP® with an automatic control system that includes start-off assist and a HOLD function, both for easier hill starts. And in an emergency braking situation, when the driver suddenly releases the accelerator and hits the brake pedal, the brake system increases the pressure in the brake lines, so applying the brake pads to the disks. This ensures maximum effect as soon as the brake is applied. This "pre-filling" function supports the Brake Assist system that is already fitted as standard.

Also new in the G-Class are two radar-based systems: Blind Spot Assist and the adaptive cruise control system DISTRONIC PLUS.

DISTRONIC PLUS adjusts the distance to the vehicle in front automatically. If necessary, it can apply the brakes to bring the off-roader to a stop, and then accelerate again. This takes some of the strain off the driver, particularly in bumper-to-bumper driving conditions. If the distance starts to narrow too quickly, the system gives visual and acoustic warnings, thereby prompting the driver to take action, at which point Brake Assist (BAS) also intervenes to help.

Blind Spot Assist issues a warning if it identifies the presence of a vehicle where it can only be seen with difficulty, in other words in the driver's "blind spot". The warning takes the form of an acoustic alert and of a signal in the relevant exterior mirror.

For customers ordering the optional trailer coupling, the ESP® system includes a trailer stabilisation feature that acts to nip any threat of sinusoidal oscillation, or 'fishtailing', on the part of the trailer in the bud, so making driving with a trailer far safer. This additional ESP® function detects the trailer as soon as the electric connector plug is inserted in the socket on the towing vehicle. The ESP® trailer stabilisation system makes use of the ESP® sensors to enable it to counteract any fishtailing of the trailer at speeds higher than 65 km/h by alternating brake application to the left and right front wheels. This is generally sufficient to eliminate the problem and prevent any further risk. In very severe cases of fishtailing oscillation, the engine torque is also reduced and the towing vehicle is braked on all four wheels, in order to bring the vehicle back to within a safe speed range as quickly as possible.

A useful aid to parking is provided by the PARKTRONIC system, which now monitors the area both to the front and to the rear of the vehicle. In the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, this can be combined with a reversing camera, so improving both visibility and safety when reversing.

The G-Class for professionals
In addition to the luxury versions of its Mercedes-Benz G-Class off-roader, Mercedes-Benz also offers the G-Class Professional model. This somewhat stripped-out, more practically-oriented version focuses on the robustness and reliability of the G-Class. It has been specifically created for extreme operations in rugged terrain and, as such, is eminently suitable for use by rescue services, for example. There are of course also private individuals who opt for the classic model for extreme off-road and expedition use.

Design: New interior for this true character
The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has changed little since 1979. It retains the timeless design that has made it a trendsetter in the off-road vehicle segment. This luxury off-roader from Mercedes-Benz has long been considered a design icon. So, even with this latest facelift, there seemed little need to make major changes.

Instead, a little subtle upgrading of the exterior design has brought the G-Class into line with the current state of the art. The upgrading includes new exterior mirrors with integrated directional indicators and front area lighting, painted in the vehicle colour. The warning signal for the optionally available new Blind Spot Assist system is also integrated here. A memory function allows up to three drivers to store their personal settings for the electrically folding mirrors.

Also new are the LED daytime running lamps located underneath the round headlamps in the headlamp unit and the optional 18-inch bi-colour light-alloy wheels.

Generally speaking, the exterior design of the G-Class serves to underline its robustness, sense of purpose and outstanding off-road capability. The side view is characterised by its clear lines and broad, flat surfaces. The side skirts, beltline and roof edge are aligned in parallel. Similarly severe and functional in its horizontal alignment is the rub strip at door-handle height. Two large windows in the rear are a further characteristic of the long-wheelbase Station Wagon.

Characteristic features of the front of the vehicle are, above all, its distinctive three-louvre radiator grille featuring a central three-pointed star, the steeply raked A-pillars and the upright windscreen. The round headlamps feature state-of-the-art bi-xenon technology, while the oval fog lamps integrated into the front bumper incorporate the cornering light function.

With its broad track and distinctive wheel arch lining, the G-Class displays a very solid stance when seen from the rear. The rear fog lamp and reversing lamp are integrated into the rear bumper. Access to the load compartment is via a large rear door, hinged on the left, which carries a spare wheel prominently mounted on the outside.

The G 500 runs as standard on 18-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels (265/60 R18 on 7.5 J x 18 ET63). The standard specification of the G 350 BlueTEC includes 16-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels (265/70 R16 on 7.5 J x 16 ET63).

New options for the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class include the colours magnetite black, tenorite grey and indium grey. All in all, the paint range comprises 21 colours, of which 18 metallic and eight designo shades.

Interior - with added luxury and comfort
A low window line and the raised seat position have always ensured exceptional all-round visibility in the G-Class - an advantage not only in awkward terrain. The fundamental off-road character of the vehicle forms a successful symbiosis with the high-grade luxury appointments. Just a glance - and a touch - are enough to recognise that only the finest materials have been used here. Every single detail is a fine example of meticulous handcraftsmanship.

Mercedes-Benz has now enhanced this high aesthetic standard still further with the introduction of a redesigned dashboard with a new instrument cluster and a completely new centre console with centre dome. Many of the characteristic elements in the interior have, however, been retained. These include the grab handle for the front passenger, the switches for the three differential locks, which are clearly positioned in the driver's field of view and highlighted in chrome trim, and a redesigned selector lever in the centre console. When it's dark, ambient lighting helps to create a stylish atmosphere.

The cockpit is well laid out and functional in structure. The dashboard incorporates an instrument cluster with two sporty round dials plus, in the middle, a multifunction TFT display with a screen diagonal of 11.4 cm, which shows information from the on-board computer relating to the assistance systems.

The driver sits behind a new, electrically adjustable 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel with a rim trimmed in nappa leather and twelve function buttons. The steering wheel can be adjusted electrically and pivots automatically upwards in order to make getting in and out of the vehicle easier.

The centre dome, with vent openings in the middle and a free-standing central display, is slightly convex in shape and tapers away towards the base. Thematically grouped clusters of controls, with flawlessly designed and yet extremely functional switches, are intuitive to use. The COMAND Online system is controlled via the COMAND Controller on the front of the armrest.

The switches for the three differential locks have a high-quality chrome finish. The various controls are similarly new and high-quality in design.

The stylish detailing of the vehicle includes the generous use of high-quality trim. The G 350 BlueTEC is fitted as standard with anthracite poplar wood trim, while the G 350 features burr walnut wood trim (also available as an option for the G 350 BlueTEC). Optional alternatives include designo black piano lacquer, champagne white and light brown poplar silk matte trim (standard on the G63 AMG and G65 AMG), as well as AMG carbon-fibre trim including a designo wood/leather steering wheel with a designo black piano lacquer finish.

Seats with long-distance comfort
The seats in the G-Class are equipped, even in the standard specification, with numerous convenience functions. These include, for example, a memory function for the driver's seat, seat heating front and rear, and NECK-PRO high-comfort head restraints on the front seats. The seats also include electric lumbar support for both driver and front passenger, making them particularly comfortable on long journeys. Such ride comfort may be further enhanced with the addition of the optional Seat Comfort package, comprising multicontour and climatised seats.

In the standard-spec G 350 BlueTEC model, passengers take their places on high-quality, black, cloth-upholstered seats. Leather seats in grey, black and chestnut are available for the G 500 (also available as an option for the G 350 BlueTEC). The G63 AMG in the standard version offers a choice of eight colours of designo leather, including for the ruffled leather door centre panels (also as an option for the G 500 and the G 350 BlueTEC). The G65 AMG comes as standard with a designo Exclusive package that includes sports seats in two-tone design leather (choice of six colours) with diamond-patterned quilting for the seats and door panelling - this package is also available as an optional extra for the G63 AMG.

State-of-the-art infotainment with internet access
A visual as well as functional highlight that is fitted as standard in all versions of the G-Class is the new COMAND Online "Cockpit Management and Data System" with internet access and 6-disc DVD changer. This is a car radio and a CD/DVD player in one. Bluetooth telephony and simplified car telephone operation are included in the scope of this system. The free-standing, high-resolution TFT colour display with a screen diagonal of 17.8 cm (800 x 480 pixels) is positioned above the centre dome. Positioning the monitor here minimises the extent to which the driver is distracted.

COMAND Online is operated via what is known as a "Controller", located just in front of the armrest on the centre console. This is the optimum ergonomic position for it, allowing easy and safe operation. The Controller is a very high-quality rotary pushbutton with a galvanised finish, and can be moved intuitively in eight directions. Functions can also be activated or confirmed by turning and pressing it. A user-friendly new control logic for the main menus as well as for the sub-menus, which open up step by step, enables drivers to leaf through the menus safely and in a targeted manner.

COMAND Online encompasses the following features:
    FM radio twin tuner with phase diversity and an additional RDS/TMC tuner for traffic information,
    entry-level 4 x 25 W audio signal amplifier,
    six-disc DVD changer,
    internet access,
    integrated navigation system with map display including bird's eye view and 3D map,
    integrated hard disc for navigation data and additional functions (e.g. music server),
    LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system,
    off-road functions such as route recording or a compass function are also built in, so enabling the driver to find his/her way in rough terrain. In this case the compass direction is shown both on the display of the new instrument cluster and on the COMAND screen.

COMAND Online also supports the following components:
    Harman Kardon Logic7® surround sound system,
    Media Interface,
    DAB receiver (Digital Audio Broadcast),
    TV receiver.

COMAND Online provides internet access, making it possible to browse freely on the internet and gain quick access to the Mercedes-Benz Online service whenever the car is stationary. These integral services include weather information and a POI search via Google. A route that has been previously configured on a PC using Google Maps can also be sent to the car in this way.

The navigation function in COMAND Online also has new functions to offer, such as a 3D display with three-dimensional city views. Also new: routes covered can be recorded and repeated later, specific personal destinations can be stored or imported via an SD card, plus four alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map, including a particularly economical variant.

COMAND Online also incorporates digital operating instructions for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Owners can thus browse at their convenience through this reference work, enhanced here with special graphics, on the COMAND display unit.

New online services for COMAND Online

Three Mercedes-Benz apps are available to customers for use with COMAND Online:
    for calling up weather forecasts and maps,
    for a Local Search from Google, displaying Google Street View images,
    plus Google Panoramio photos, with the option of searching for destinations in the extensive Google archives.

All COMAND Online users also have access to a Facebook app.

Further apps are also available: a free news app, a Yelp app (in the US version only), and apps for share prices and a car park finder:
  •     With the news app, the user is always up-to-date with what's happening in the world. Sorted according to categories such as financial or sports news, it always finds the latest news bulletins.
  •     The Yelp app (in the US version only) enables users to search for restaurants from their vehicle, using the social database filled by the Yelp Community. The Yelp app offers a choice according to various restaurant categories, within which it is possible to search for recommendations close to the current position, at the destination point programmed into the navigation system, or at any other specific location.
  •     The app which searches for car parks calls up the current occupancy of multi-storey car parks in real time, as well as other information such as opening times and charges. The app supplies data in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Once a suitable parking opportunity has been found, the driver can start the navigation to that destination or call the telephone number provided.

Individualisation: Something to suit every taste
The G-Class has a high level of specification even to begin with, while an extensive range of optional extras covers many additional requests for individualisation. On top of all this comes the comprehensive designo range, designed to help fulfil even the most esoteric of requirements. Some suggestions from the designo 'Manufaktur', or hand-finishing section, are even included in the catalogue.

For those wishing to upgrade their G-Class further, a range of five high-end equipment packages have been put together specifically for the G-Class.

The Chrome package includes stylish design elements in the form of additional chrome trim for both the interior and exterior (standard for the G63 AMG and G65 AMG models).

The package:
    radiator grille with chrome inserts,
    chrome trim around the wood panel for the seat adjustment switches,
    chrome surrounds around the loudspeakers in the front doors,
    protective sill for load compartment with "Mercedes-Benz" or "AMG" lettering.
    The Exclusive package enhances the high-class appeal of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class even further.

The package:
    dashboard in leather,
    illuminated door sill panels,
    roof lining in alcantara anthracite,
    Seat Comfort package.

The Exterior Stainless Steel package makes for a glittering appearance.

The package includes (standard for the G63 AMG and G65 AMG models):
    running boards on both the left and right-hand sides,
    stainless steel spare wheel cover with 3D Mercedes-Benz star.
    The Sports package highlights the dynamic qualities of the G-Class.

The package:
  • Exterior Stainless Steel package,
  • AMG flared wheel arches in the vehicle colour,
  • 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in titanium grey (with 265/60 R 18 on 7.5 J x 18 ET43),
  • inserts in a striped anthracite finish,
  • designo velour floor mats,
  • sports exhaust system (only available for the G 500),
  • The designo Exclusive package (standard for the G65 AMG, optional for the G63 AMG) enhances exclusivity to the highest level.

The package:
    front AMG sports seats
    seat and door centre panels and rear door insert in designo leather with diamond-pattern quilting effect,
    upper and lower parts of dashboard finished in black designo nappa leather,
    AMG badges on the front-seat head restraints (V12 only),
    two-tone designo leather with diamond-pattern quilting effect, in conjunction with six leather colours and Seat Comfort package.

Always at the cutting edge: The evolution of the G-Class

1979 - The G-Class is presented to the press for the first time in the south of France. Production gets underway with the 230 G, 240 GD, 280 GE and 300 GD models.

1980 - An enclosed van-type model with short or long wheelbase is added to the model range.

1981 - The first facelift. Automatic transmission, air conditioning, longitudinal bench seats for the load area, additional fuel tanks, a "tropical roof", protective headlamp grilles, a cable winch, a hardtop for the Cabriolet and a mechanical power take-off are all available as options for the 280 GE and 300 GD. A choice of five different paint colours has risen to 22.

1982 - The 230 G is fitted with a fuel injection system and becomes the 230 GE. Recaro seats, auxiliary heating, wide-base tyres on light-alloy wheels and wheel-arch flaring can be ordered as options.

1983 - The 230 GE is optionally available with a four-speed automatic transmission. The second facelift sees four new metallic colour shades and a five-speed transmission added to the list of equipment - as well as eight-inch tandem brake boosters and a new folding soft top for the Cabriolet.

1985 - A facelift adds differential locks, central locking, a rev counter and split rear bumper to the list of standard equipment.

1986 - A closed-loop catalytic converter becomes available for the 230 GE.

1987 - The fourth facelift brings power windows, an automatic aerial, a combined luggage cover and retaining net for the load area, and a larger fuel tank. Unveiling of the 250 GD with 62 kW/84 hp.

1988 - New six-cylinder diesel engine for the 300 GD. The driver's and front passenger's seats are fitted with armrests.

1989 - Launch of the new 463 model series with permanent four-wheel drive, and manually selectable ABS at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.

1990 - The 463 model series is launched with the 230 GE, 300 GE, 250 GD and 300 GD. Customers can choose from three body variants.

1992 - The new 350 GD TURBODIESEL is unveiled. Cruise control, a stainless-steel spare wheel cover, side-mounted running boards, a luggage compartment cover and burr walnut trim are available as options.

1993 - Unveiling of the special model 500 GE. This offers a range of luxury appointments and is built in a limited edition of 500 units.

1994 - A second facelift for the 463 model series brings internally ventilated front disc brakes and a driver airbag.

1995 - All G-Class models are fitted with remote-controlled central locking and an immobiliser.

1996 - The Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cabriolet with electrohydraulic soft top is presented, along with the G 300 TURBODIESEL. Facelift and upgrade of standard equipment with a headlamp cleaning system, cruise control and a front passenger airbag.

1997 - The electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission becomes available for the G 300 TURBODIESEL and the G 320.The 290 GD TURBODIESEL with 88 kW/120 hp replaces the 290 GD with naturally aspirated diesel engine.

1998 - Mercedes-Benz launches the new G 500 with V8 engine (218 kW/296 hp).

1999 - The multifunction steering wheel is added to the list of standard equipment for the G-Class. Launch of the G55 AMG. Its V8 engine delivers 260 kW/354 hp. The Mercedes-Benz G 500 Guard appears in three different special-protection versions.

2000 - The new 2001 models are unveiled at the Paris Motor Show - with a new interior offering enhanced levels of comfort. A new V8 diesel engine (184 kW/250 hp) for the G 400 CDI. The V8 models are fitted with new light-alloy wheels, a chrome-plated radiator grille and bumpers in the vehicle colour.

2001 - The IAA in Frankfurt sees the unveiling of the G-Class with new dynamic control systems. These include the ESP® Stability Program, BAS Brake Assist and the new ETS Electronic Traction System.

2002 - The new G 270 CDI makes its debut powered by a 115-kW/156-hp five-cylinder diesel engine.

2003 - Indicator repeaters are integrated into the exterior mirrors of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

2004 - World premiere of the new G55 AMG with a supercharged V8 engine developing 350 kW/476 hp.

2006 - Introduction of the new G 320 CDI with diesel engine (165 kW/224 hp), fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter.

2007 - Another facelift. LED-look tail lights. New instrument cluster with four analogue instruments mounted in chrome rings. New four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, modified centre console. COMAND APS as standard for the models G 500 and G55 AMG.

2008 - Revised radiator grille with three slats. New V8 engine with displacement and 5.5 litres and output of 388 hp (285 kW). Bluetooth hands-free system for mobile telephone.

2009 - New seats plus interior design modifications

2011 - V6 diesel engine in the G 350 BlueTEC with state-of-the-art BlueTEC technology and AdBlue® injection, delivering impressively low emissions and output of 155 kW (211 hp).
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Volkswagen Tiguan, 2012

  • Volkswagen Tiguan, 2012

The new VW Tiguan is here. An SUV with design parallels to the larger Touareg. An SUV with powerful and at the same time fuel-efficient engines; fuel consumption is 5.3 litres per 100 km for the two front-wheel drive Volkswagen Tiguans 2.0 TDI with BlueMotion Technology (81 kW / 110 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS). An SUV that shuts off the engine completely whenever possible in city driving thanks to a Stop/Start system. An SUV that is an ideal, versatile companion for life on the move with its excellent all-round characteristics, great practicality, 1,510 litres cargo space, up to 2,500 kg trailer load (with 4MOTION all-wheel drive) and many cleverly designed features. A Volkswagen in the best sense of the word! In Germany, the perfected Tiguan will arrive on the market in mid-June 2011; other European countries will follow at the beginning of August, and overseas markets at the end of August.

1 SUV, 2 worlds
The front end design was completely reinterpreted. The Volkswagen Tiguan is still the only SUV in its class that can be ordered in two different versions: one for on-road use and one specially tuned for off-road driving. Visually, the two models differ in their front ends ("On-road" has an 18 degree angle of approach, "Off-road" 28 degrees). Both models now show greater independence, better dynamic performance and more stylistic precision. In addition, like the on-road version, the off-road version is now also available with a top equipment line. In this case, the off-road specialist is known as the Track & Style (on-road: "Sport & Style").

High-tech safety systems
With the model change, new assistance systems such as Fatigue Detection (standard on the "Sport & Style" and "Track & Style"), the camera-based main beam control systems Light Assist (H7 lights) and Dynamic Light Assist (bi-xenon headlights) as well as the Lane Assist lane-keeping system now expand the range of features available on the VW Tiguan. Also new in the Tiguan: the XDS electronic differential lock.

110 PS to 210 PS
Powertrain technologies have become even more fuel-efficient. Three of the seven engines offered in Europe - all of them charged four-cylinder direct injection engines - are new to the Tiguan line-up. The four torque-strong petrol engines (TSI with 1.4 to 2.0 litres displacement) produce between 90 kW / 122 PS and 155 kW / 210 PS. The three powerful diesel engines (TDI) span a power range from 81 kW / 110 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS. Also available as an option on the new Volkswagen Tiguan is the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) - one of the most efficient and sporty automatic transmissions.

One of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the world
All BlueMotion Technology versions of the Tiguan have a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration. The results: even with all-wheel drive, the 103 kW / 140 PS Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4MOTION BlueMotion Technology, for example, consumes just 5.8 l/100 km! Clearly, this Volkswagen is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the world. As before, entry-level engines are being offered with front-wheel drive. And the 140 PS TDI is also available with front-wheel drive as an alternative. That is how this Volkswagen, as a TDI, was even able to break the 5.5-litre barrier with the noted 5.3 l/100 km fuel economy.

A bestseller right from the start
The new Tiguan is replacing a model that has experienced an exceptional history of success: in Germany, after its market launch in 2007, the Volkswagen Tiguan sprinted from a standstill to become the SUV market leader. And it never gave up this position: Although the launch of the new Tiguan was announced by Volkswagen in February 2011, the "old" model continued to rank first in new car registrations for all SUVs in Germany. Even more impressive: until shortly before its production stopped it was the fourth best-selling passenger car after the Golf, Polo and Passat. Very few cars - wherever they may be located in the world - experience such a successful finale!

An SUV for all continents
Internationally, the VW Tiguan has long been one of the most sought after Volkswagens as well. Its highest volume markets are all of Europe, Russia, the USA, China, Brazil and Australia. In Germany, its average market share in the compact SUV segment was about 21 percent in 2010, while it was 12 percent across Europe. In total, nearly 700,000 Tiguans have been delivered worldwide since Autumn 2007. The smaller brother of the Touareg is now poised to continue this success with a new look and further advanced technologies.

The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the most successful automobiles of its kind. Since the bestseller debuted in Autumn 2007, nearly 700,000 units have been delivered across five continents. Key reasons for the SUV becoming a global success were its technical properties and great economy. In parallel, the Volkswagen scored highly with its distinctive, timeless and appealing styling. Nonetheless, Volkswagen has further developed the lines of the Tiguan - which is always a four-door model. In particular, the front and rear sections were redesigned to reflect Volkswagen's new design DNA.

Like the previous model, the new Volkswagen Tiguan is also once again offered in two body versions with different angles of approach. While the classic version, with an angle of 18 degrees, was designed more for urban challenges and the skills of a towing vehicle, the Tiguan with the larger 28 degree angle of approach is ideal for all those who frequently drive their Volkswagen in tough terrain.

Because their front ends differ, the two versions have different lengths: the Volkswagen Tiguan with an 18-degree front measures 4,426 mm, while its counterpart with a 28-degree front measures 4,433 mm. However, they are identical in width (1,809 mm without door mirrors and 2,041 mm with door mirrors) and in height (1,686 mm without roof rails, 1,703 mm with roof rails). Also identical are their wheelbases (2,604 mm) and track widths (front 1,569 mm, rear 1,571 mm).

Styling of the new Tiguan
The new styling differentiates the two body versions more than before. Yet, both VW Tiguan versions have adopted the Volkswagen "design DNA" that is marked by a dominance of clear horizontal lines. Like on the larger Touareg, the grille is upgraded with two double chrome louvres. Especially distinctive are the optional bi-xenon headlights with masked main beam (Dynamic Light Assist); the standard daytime running lights of the xenon version are formed by a band of 14 LEDs integrated in the headlights.

18 degrees: Volkswagen is offering the sporty on-road model in the two versions "Trend & Fun" (base version) and "Sport & Style". Beneath the lateral surface of the painted bumper, the "urban" front end exhibits a broad grille in the middle and two smaller openings towards the sides with front fog lights incorporated there. A rugged black front spoiler finishes the lower section. The overhang angle in front is the mentioned 18 degrees. With 90 kW / 122 PS (TSI) and 81 kW / 110 PS (TDI), this Tiguan is built as a front-wheel drive vehicle.

28 degrees: The powerful off-road version is offered in the "Track & Field" equipment line (base model) that is familiar from its predecessor and in a new top version for the first time: the "Track & Style". With a 28 degree angle of approach, the Volkswagen Tiguan can handle even greater challenges off-road. Beneath the rugged redesigned bumper, underbody protection ensures the well-being of the powertrain components. Visually, the central air intake is designed to be very flat to aid underbody protection. Here too, the bumper is bordered by the protected, integrated fog lights towards the sides of the SUV. The grey underbody protection itself, which has three distinctive openings, is framed on both sides by black air-flow guides. Off-road versions of the Tiguan are always equipped with 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive.

Rear section
One of the features which denotes all new Volkswagens is distinctive rear lights. This also applies to the redesigned two-part rear lights of the Tiguan. Inside, the lights now reflect the look of the Touareg's rear lights with dual L-shaped elements. The lower border of the rear lights, now consistently following a horizontal line, makes for a new, even cleaner design in the area of the C-pillars that gives the entire rear section a higher-end appearance.

At the rear, all Tiguan versions have an angle of departure of 25 degrees. This angle may of course be reduced by vehicle payload (the same is true of the approach angle at the front end).

Side profile
A clear, powerful design dominates the SUV's side profile too. The design here incorporates solid yet modestly trimmed wheel housings, a window line that rises towards the rear, distinctive door and wing surfaces, and - also typically Volkswagen - unmistakable C-pillars. Every detail follows a logic of form that unites the whole. A range of new alloy wheels visually distinguishes the Volkswagen Tiguan from the previous model. In Germany, the "Trend & Fun" and "Track & Field" versions are equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels ("Portland" type) as standard; the Tiguan "Sport & Style" and "Track & Style" equipment lines leave the factory on 17-inch alloy wheels ("Philadelphia" type).

In side profile, the "Sport & Style" and "Track & Style" versions are distinguished from the base models by chrome trim on the side rubbing strips. All models share a ramp angle of 20 degrees and 200 mm ground clearance and - in the top versions - silver anodised roof rails.

Passive safety of the VW Tiguan
The previous Tiguan model attained a maximum five star rating in crash testing by the European consumer protection organisation EuroNCAP (New Car Assessment Programme). The American IIHC (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) also named the SUV its TOP SAFETY PICK; this evaluation covers extensive measures in the areas of active and passive safety. The latest version of the Tiguan is definitely one of the safest cars as well. Its safety is built on the strong foundation of its rigid occupant cell, its deformation zones and the restraint systems that are tuned to them.

Restraint systems
The Volkswagen Tiguan is delivered with 5 head restraints that can adjust very high (distance to head is also adjustable in front seats from "...& Style"), 2 front airbags, 2 side airbags (front) and 2 head/thorax airbags; the latter cover the entire lateral surface of the windows. The Volkswagen may also be ordered with two side airbags in the rear as an option. It is always possible to deactivate the front passenger airbag, when a small child is travelling in a rear-facing seat. The status of this airbag is reported to the driver by an indicator light. Standard Isofix fitting points in the rear seating locations complete the protective measures for children.

Integrated at the front and outer rear seating positions are seatbelt force limiters that reduce chest loads. Belt tensioners for the front seats, which are electrically ignited by a central control module in an accident of sufficient severity, ensure that the movements of occupants are coordinated to vehicle deceleration early on. Along with rear side airbags, the optional rear safety pack includes belt tensioners for the outer rear seats. The systems are networked with one another: the airbag triggering system, for example, interfaces with all relevant control modules and ensures that the hazard lights are activated, all doors are unlocked, the interior lights are switched on and the fuel pump is deactivated in the case of a crash.

One of the key factors in the Tiguan's success is the versatile, sophisticated and user-friendly design of its interior. This may sound obvious, but it is not. All user controls and systems activate their functions without delay. A user's manual? There is one. But it is seldom needed. The seating concept is just as practical. Volkswagen Tiguan owners appreciate the higher, upright seating positions in the front and rear. Another impressive feature is that the 60:40 split rear bench that can be adjusted forwards and backwards by up to 16 cm and also reclined. Cargo capacity ranges from 470 to 1,510 litres, depending on the rear seat configuration. In addition, the seat back of the front passenger's seat can be folded down completely in the "Sport & Style" and "Track & Style" equipment versions; this lets customers stow objects measuring up to 2.5 metres in length.

Inside the base versions of the 2011 Tiguan, the new seat covers in "Pakata" design are eyecatching. The bezels around the air vents will now be in "Dark Rhodium." Meanwhile, the top models are identified by details such as decorative door strips in "Silver Metallic" and new Alcantara and fabric seat covers ("Milan" style). The Volkswagen Tiguan's range of standard features was also significantly extended. For example, standard features on the Tiguan "Sport & Style" (and the new Tiguan "Track & Style") will now include Fatigue Detection, rain sensor, automatically dimming rear-view mirror and RCD 310 audio system with 8 loudspeakers (see chapter "Equipment lines and features" for more on this).

The instruments are sophisticated - both visually and to the touch - and they are laid out optimally; all controls are located where one would intuitively expect them. Consider the dashboard: located right at the top - optimally integrated in the visual fields of the driver and front passenger - is the audio or audio-navigation system. Buyers can choose from the radio-CD systems RCD 210 (standard in "Trend & Fun" and "Track & Field"), RCD 310 (standard in "...& Style"), RCD 510, the RNS 310 with navigation that is an extension of the RCD 310 or the RNS 510 radio-DVD navigation system. Two air vents are located to the left of the audio system and two to the right of it. Appearing on the level beneath are controls for the standard air conditioning system.

Front seats

The VW Tiguan's seating system is available in two different configurations. Even in the "Trend & Fun" and "Track & Field" versions, the SUV is delivered with seats that offer height and lumbar support adjustments. As mentioned, the "Sport & Style" and "Track & Style" equipment lines have higher positioning. In these lines, sport seats are used, and there is a storage drawer under each of the front seats. The seat back of the front passenger's seat can also be folded completely forwards.

Rear seats
The 60:40 split rear bench is slightly elevated in relation to the two front seats; the middle section of the bench seat back can be folded down, so that it can be used as a centre armrest, drink holder, table or cargo pass-through. Independent of this feature, the rear seat back angle can be adjusted over a range of 23 degrees. The seats can be adjusted over a longitudinal range of 16 cm.

The cargo space of the Tiguan is cleanly designed, variable and practical with a level surface. With five persons aboard the vehicle, it can accommodate 470 litres. Its maximum cargo capacity is 1,510 litres with a maximum payload of 670 kg.

Drive technologies
The latest version of the Tiguan is once again exclusively powered by direct injection and charged engines. Besides versions with permanent all-wheel drive (4MOTION), front-wheel drive is being offered again in certain Tiguan versions as well. Three of the seven engines are new to the Volkswagen Tiguan line-up. The 4 petrol engines (TSI) output between 90 kW / 122 PS and 155 kW / 210 PS. New are the 3 TSI engines with 118 kW / 160 PS, 132 kW / 180 PS and 155 kW / 210 PS - they all bring 10 PS more to the dynamometer than the previous model, without increasing combined fuel consumption.

The 3 diesel engines (TDI) develop 81 kW / 110 PS, 103 kW / 140 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS. All Tiguans with BlueMotion Technology (BMT) also have a Stop/Start system. Fuel consumption values of the new SUV were reduced by up to 0.3 l/100 km. In the case of the front-wheel drive Tiguan 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology with 81 kW / 110 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS, for example, combined fuel consumption is just 5.3 l/100 km. Also setting standards is the all-wheel drive Tiguan 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology with 103 kW / 140 PS and 5.8 l/100 km. This makes the Volkswagen one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the world.

All 7 engines ideally fit the SUV character profile with torque-strong performance and maximum torque outputs ranging from 200 to 350 Newton metres; 3 of the engines may be combined with a 7-speed DSG transmission. A new option available on all versions is the XDS electronic differential lock, which perfects vehicle dynamics especially when driving through bends.

The VW Tiguan offers an impressive trailer towing capacity of up to 2,500 kg, depending on the specific drive configuration - so, the Tiguan offers just as much fun as it does utility-oriented functionality. An overview of all powertrain versions that will debut over the course of 2011:

Front-wheel drive
    1.4 TSI - 90 kW / 122 PS (6-speed) / BMT
    1.4 TSI - 118 kW / 160 PS (6-speed) / BMT
    2.0 TDI - 81 kW / 110 PS (6-speed) / BMT
    2.0 TDI - 103 kW / 140 PS (6-speed) / BMT

All-wheel drive / 4MOTION
    1.4 TSI - 118 kW / 160 PS (6-speed)
    2.0 TSI - 132 kW / 180 PS (6-speed, optional DSG)
    2.0 TSI - 155 kW / 210 PS (6-speed, optional DSG)
    2.0 TDI - 103 kW / 140 PS (6-speed, optional DSG)
    2.0 TDI - 103 kW / 140 PS (6-speed, optional DSG) / BMT
    2.0 TDI - 125 kW / 170 PS (6-speed)

1.4 TSI with 90 kW / 122 PS
The 122 PS Tiguan 1.4 TSI will always be delivered as a BlueMotion Technology version with front-wheel drive and 6-speed manual gearbox. The Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems are both standard here. This Tiguan can be ordered in the "Trend & Fun" and "Sport & Style" equipment lines.

This most fuel-efficient petrol engine of the Volkswagen Tiguan has a combined fuel consumption of 6.5 l/100 km (equivalent to 152 g/km CO2) and develops its maximum power at 5,000 rpm. The turbocharged TSI's maximum torque of 200 Newton metres is available between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. The four-cylinder engine enables a top speed of 185 km/h. The Tiguan with the 1,390 cm3 engine handles the classic 0 to 100-km/h sprint in 10.9 seconds.

1.4 TSI with 118 kW / 160 PS
At the next power level, Volkswagen will be introducing a turbo- and supercharged twincharger engine with 118 kW / 160 PS (at 5,800 rpm) some time after the market launch of the new Tiguan. It will be offered with either front-wheel drive (as "Trend & Fun" or "Sport & Style") or in a BlueMotion Technology version with all-wheel drive (as "Track & Field" and "Track & Style"). The TSI develops a maximum torque of 240 Newton metres between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. The Tiguan 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology with a power of 160 PS and a top speed of 203 km/h has a combined fuel consumption of 6.7 l/100 km (equivalent to 156 g/km CO2).

2.0 TSI with 132 kW / 180 PS
Completely new to the Volkswagen programme is the 2.0-litre TSI with 132 kW / 180 PS. This engine, specially configured for the new Tiguan, replaces the 125 kW / 170 PS TSI of the previous model. The new four cylinder shares the same technical platform as the larger 155-kW TSI which is also new in the Volkswagen Tiguan. Like that engine, the 132-kW TSI has a displacement of 1,984 cm3. Thanks to turbocharging, the direct-injection engine delivers a constant maximum torque of 280 Newton metres between a low 1,800 and a high 5,000 rpm; the four cylinder unit produces its maximum power over a range from 4,500 to 6,200 rpm. The engine - which is available with all equipment lines and which is always coupled with 4MOTION all-wheel drive - has a combined fuel consumption of just 8.5 l/100 km (per DIN EN 228); this is equivalent to a CO2 value of 199 g/km. The Tiguan 2.0 TSI with its 180 PS accelerates to 100 km/h in just 8.3 seconds; its top speed is 204 km/h.

As an option, this TSI may be ordered with a 7-speed DSG transmission. In this case, its combined fuel consumption is 8.6 litres (also at 199 g/km CO2). The top speed of the DSG version is slightly lower at 202 km/h, but its 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time is better at 7.9 seconds. All of these figures illustrate why the DSG is one of the most efficient automatic transmissions in the world. This TSI may be combined with any of the equipment lines.

2.0 TSI with 155 kW / 210 PS
The new Tiguan with the most powerful petrol engine will follow shortly after market launch. It produces 155 kW / 210 PS (between 5,300 and 6,200 rpm) and replaces the 147 kW / 200 PS TSI of the now discontinued previous Tiguan model. Its maximum torque of 280 Newton metres is constantly available from 1,700 to 5,300 rpm. The 210 PS engine takes the vehicle to a top speed of 215 km/h; this Tiguan accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. Despite its high power output, the TSI is also fuel-efficient: in the 180-PS TSI, for example, combined fuel consumption is 8.5 l/100 km (equivalent to 199 g/km CO2) with a manual 6-speed gearbox.

Volkswagen will also offer the large Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI with an optional 7-speed DSG. Its combined fuel consumption is 8.6 l/100 km (199 g/km CO2); after just 7.3 seconds (!), the DSG version is moving at 100 km/h. Its top speed is 213 km/h. This TSI will be available in combination with the "Track & Style" and "Sport & Style" equipment lines.

2.0 TDI with 81 kW / 110 PS
All three TDI engines operate with common rail injection, turbocharger, intercooler, four cylinders and an engine displacement of 1,968 cm3. The entry-level engine of the Tiguan diesel line-up is the 81 kW / 110 PS (at 2,750 to 4,200 rpm). This engine is ideal for customers who put a high priority on maximum fuel economy. This engine - always combined with BlueMotion Technologies (Stop/Start system and battery regeneration) and front-wheel drive - has a combined fuel economy of 5.3 l/100 km (equivalent to 139 g/km CO2). This contrasts with a hefty maximum torque of 280 Newton metres (between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm). So, the "small" TDI is really an excellent fit for the Tiguan.

If necessary, the Tiguan 2.0 TDI with 110 PS and 6-speed gearbox can accelerate to precisely 175 km/h. It finishes the sprint to 100 km/h in 11.9 seconds. This TDI may be combined with the "Trend & Fun" and "Sport & Style" equipment lines.

2.0 TDI with 103 kW / 140 PS
The 103 kW / 140 PS (at 4,200 rpm) VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI with 4MOTION all-wheel drive was already associated with low fuel consumption. Now, at 6.0 l/100 km (equivalent to 157 g/km CO2) it betters the previous model with its 6.3 l/100 km. This TDI may be ordered together with any of the equipment versions and - optionally - with the 7-speed DSG (6.3 l/100 km and 167 g/km CO2). Any of the 4 equipment versions may be configured with this engine. The manual gearbox version has a top speed of 186 km/h, while the DSG version can go to 188 km/h. An important benefit of this Tiguan: its towing capacity of up to 2,500 kg.

In addition, there will once again be a 140 PS Tiguan 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology with front-wheel drive (as "Trend & Fun" or "Sport & Style"). Its combined fuel consumption: 5.3 /l 100 km (139 g/km CO2). Also expected to be in very high demand is the new Tiguan 2.0 TDI as a 140 PS version with all-wheel drive and BlueMotion Technology: with a manual gearbox, it consumes a low 5.8 l/100 km and with a DSG transmission 6.0 l/100 km. All versions of the 140 PS TDI are characterised by a very high maximum torque of 320 Newton metres between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.

2.0 TDI with 125 kW / 170 PS
The most powerful 125 kW / 170 PS Tiguan TDI, which always comes with all-wheel drive, has a combined fuel consumption of 6.0 l/100 km (equivalent to 158 g/km CO2); this is also 0.3 litres less than on the previous model. It produces its maximum power at 4,200 rpm. Between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm the engine develops a maximum torque of 350 Newton metres - enough power and force to accelerate the Volkswagen Tiguan to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds with a top speed of 201 km/h. A version with 7-speed DSG is also planned. The top TDI can be combined with the "Sport & Style" and "Track & Style" equipment versions. Of course, like the 140 PS version, the 170 PS Tiguan can also handle up to 2,500 kg on its towbar.

Stop/Start system
The driver approaches a red light, brakes the Tiguan to a stop, shifts into neutral and takes the foot off the clutch (with DSG it is sufficient to press the brake pedal). This causes the engine to shut off momentarily. In the multifunction display the text "Start (A) Stop" appears. As soon as the traffic light turns green again, the driver depresses the clutch (or with DSG simply releases the brake), and the engine starts, the "Start (A) Stop" text is cleared, the driver engages a gear and resumes driving. Essentially, the driver does not need to perform any extra operating steps compared to a conventional car, yet saves up to 0.2 l/100 km in the city using the Stop/Start system.

Unlike vehicles without the Stop/Start system, the BlueMotion Technology models have an extra battery data module (for acquiring momentary battery charge status), a heavy-duty engine starter, a DC/DC converter (guarantees voltage stability in the vehicle's electrical system) and an exceptionally durable deep-cycle glass mat battery on board.

Battery regeneration
Regeneration helps to utilise the energy expended in driving as ideally as possible. During coasting and braking phases of the Tiguan - i.e. whenever the driver releases the accelerator pedal or brakes - the system elevates the voltage of the alternator (generator), and this electricity is used to bulk charge the vehicle's battery. Thanks to this alternator control as a function of engine efficiency, and the optimally charged battery that results, the voltage of the alternator can be reduced whenever this is desirable - e.g. when accelerating or while constantly maintaining a desired speed. The alternator may even be shut off entirely. This relieves engine load, which in turn reduces fuel consumption. In addition, the battery - always optimally charged - supplies the vehicle's electrical system with sufficient energy during the stopped phase of the engine (e.g. at traffic lights). Battery regeneration requires special software for energy management and modified engine controller software.

7-speed DSG
In Volkswagen's line-up of four-cylinder engines, DSG has replaced the conventional torque-converter automatic transmissions. In the new Tiguan, an extremely fast and efficiently working 7-speed DSG version is used. Its most prominent design characteristics - two dry clutches whose pressure is regulated hydraulically. Engine power is transmitted to the dual clutch via the crankshaft and a dual-mass flywheel. Clutch I handles the odd-numbered gears, and clutch II the even gears plus reverse gear. The results of this sophisticated clutch management: when shifting, there are no gaps in propulsive power. Comfort and convenience are excellent, and the driver experiences an incomparably dynamic yet comfortable shifting feeling.

Responsible for this - along with an intelligent electro-hydraulic transmission control (mechatronics) - are two clutches as well as two drive shafts and three final drive shafts. This networked system makes it possible to continually "lie in wait", ready to go into action at the next higher driving level. And indeed it is lightning-fast. Example: while the Tiguan is driven in sixth gear, the seventh gear is already engaged, but is not yet "active." As soon as the ideal shifting point has been reached, the clutch responsible for sixth gear automatically opens, while the other one closes and "pre-activates" seventh gear. This produces an overlap between opening and closing of the two clutches, and this leads to the comfortable shifting described above. The entire shifting process is completed within a few hundredths of a second.

4MOTION all-wheel drive
Normally, the front axle is driven in the 4MOTION system - including on the all-wheel drive Volkswagen Tiguan; the rear axle only gets ten percent of propulsive power. This saves on fuel. Not until necessary - based on the specific powertrain and carriageway situation - is the rear axle brought into play, step by step. This is done by an electrohydraulic all-wheel drive clutch. An important difference compared to the previous generation 4MOTION: no speed differences are needed between the front and rear axles to activate the all-wheel drive clutch, since pressure is built up via an electric pump.

The multi-plate clutch system itself was integrated in the rear differential. The pressure reservoir is supplied with oil by an electric pump with a working pressure of 30 bar. An electronic control unit computes the ideal drive torque for the rear axle and regulates, via a valve, how much oil pressure is transferred to the working piston of the multi-plate clutch. Here, the surface pressure on the clutch plates is proportional to the torque desired at the rear axle. The amount of transferred torque may be continuously varied by altering the magnitude of the pressure applied to the clutch plates. The system operates independent of wheel slip, since the working pressure is always available. When the Tiguan is driven off from a standstill or accelerated, wheelspin of the front wheels is fully prevented, since the control unit regulates the torque distribution based on dynamic axle loads. In extreme cases, nearly 100 percent of the drive torque can be directed to the rear axle.

XDS electronic differential lock
New aboard the Tiguan is the optional XDS electronic differential lock. It is a functional extension of the electronic locks already integrated via ESP. XDS improves handling when driving quickly through bends, and it calibrates the vehicle more in the direction of "neutral" by preventing potential wheelspin of the unloaded wheel at the inside of the curve by active brake intervention, thereby improving traction.

Equipment lines and features
In updating the new Tiguan, Volkswagen has also updated the equipment lines and engine line-up of its best-selling SUV. While there were 3 equipment lines before, there are now 4. Volkswagen is responding to the wishes of many VW Tiguan buyers who would like to order the off-road version ("Track...") - identified by its front end that is designed more for off-road duty - bundled with more elegant features ("...Style"). As a result, there will now be 2 on-road equipment lines, the "Trend & Fun" (base version) and "Sport & Style," as well as 2 off-road lines, the "Track & Field" (base version) and "Track & Style."

Tiguan Trend & Fun
The Tiguan Trend & Fun leaves the factory with an on-road front end (18 degree approach angle). In the base model of the series, the designation "base version" is really somewhat accurate. That is because features of the "Trend & Fun" version cover much more than just basic automotive needs. Theoretically, it would be possible for a customer to just configure the exterior colour and the interior upholstery pattern. And that is all. Everything necessary would be on-board - including a complete package of safety equipment, air conditioning and audio system. But naturally the Volkswagen Tiguan Trend & Fun also offers plenty of freedom to customise the SUV to the buyer's needs and wishes.

At market launch, this version will be available with 2 TSI (90 kW / 122 PS and 132 kW / 180 PS) and 2 TDI engines (81 kW / 110 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS). Key features include:

Safety: What is certain is that this Volkswagen always has the ESP electronic stabilisation programme, 6 airbags, seatbelt fastening detection with buckle-up warning, 5 height-adjustable head restraints (safety-optimised in front) and Isofix child seat anchors. For the first time in the Tiguan - in conjunction with comfort seats or "Vienna" leather upholstery - the head restraints for the driver and front passenger not only adjust in height, but horizontally in the distance to the head. Also standard: when the vehicle is braked hard, this activates the hazard lights. Tyre air pressure is also monitored and shown by an indicator. Important for an SUV with up to 2,500 kg allowable towing capacity is the trailer stabilisation programme that is integrated within ESP. New for the Tiguan Trend & Fun: daytime running lights. That covers safety.

Exterior: In the exterior area, the entry-level model in Germany is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels ("Portland" type) and 215 tyres. Naturally, the bumpers, door handles and door mirror housings are painted in body colour. Chrome decorates the radiator grille frame and the fins of the grille. As is usual practice at Volkswagen, the body is galvanised and offers ideal corrosion protection. Heat insulating glass - a standard feature - protects against excessive sunlight.

Comfort and convenience: Features offering pure convenience and interior styling that already make the base version a higher level equipment line include a climate control system, new fabric upholstery in "Pakata" design, height-adjustable front seats with lumbar supports, new bezels around the air vents (in "Dark Rhodium" colour), electric parking brake with auto-hold function and Hill Climb Assist, electric windows all around and electric door mirrors, Multifunction Display Plus (including on-board computer function) and the RCD 210 audio system with four loudspeakers and CD/MP3 player.

Variability: As in the previous model, the rear bench has 16 cm longitudinal adjustment and a centre armrest that can be used as a table; the seat back angle can also be adjusted. Naturally, the asymmetrically split bench can also be folded down, resulting in a cargo capacity of up to 1,510 litres. A cargo cover hides goods behind the rear bench from curious onlookers, while a load sill guard protects the Volkswagen Tiguan itself.

Sustainability: All BlueMotion Technology models are also equipped with a Stop/Start system and a battery regeneration mode.

Tiguan Track & Field
Those buyers who choose the Tiguan version with a 28 degree approach angle get the "Track & Field" equipment line as the counterpart to the "Trend & Fun." The two versions are largely identical, but they are differentiated by off-road specific details.

Off-road pack: On the VW Tiguan Track & Field, this includes - along with a front end optimised for off-road drives including an engine underbody guard - an off-road mode, which awakens an entire network of assistance systems at the press of a button, to optimise drives on off-road terrain. Features integrated here include a compass display, Hill Descent Assist, even more precise metering of the accelerator pedal, gear pre-selection with optional DSG, and ABSplus; the latter operates the braking system with a different pulse frequency on loose driving surfaces, which can contribute to reduced braking distances - e.g. on gravel peaks. Inside, the Tiguan "Track & Field" also has bag hooks in the cargo area compared to the Tiguan "Trend & Fun."

At market launch, this version will be available with the 132-kW TSI and the 103-kW TDI.

Tiguan "Sport & Style" and "Track & Style"
The two top versions of the new Volkswagen Tiguan also share nearly all of their equipment features, with the exception of the off-road driving programme of the "Track & Style" and the different front ends. Compared to the previous model, the Tiguan Sport & Style with its 18 degrees front overhang angle has been significantly upgraded (all upgrades were also adapted to the new "Track & Style" with 28-degree front approach angle).

Exterior: In the exterior area, standard features - in addition to the content of the base versions - include front fog lights framed in chrome with cornering lights, roof rails (anodised silver), side sills with "Matt Chrome" trim strips, chrome trim on the side windows, tinted windows from the B-pillar back (65 percent light absorbing), and - in the case of the Tiguan Track & Style - a chrome border around the front air inlet screen. In addition, newly designed 17-inch "Philadelphia" alloy wheels are used.

Comfort and convenience: In their interiors and functionality, the two top models are characterised by the following details: new Fatigue Detection (first used in the current Passat), sport seats in front, seat covers in Alcantara / flat weave ("Milan" pattern), drawers under the front seats, decorative inserts in the doors (in "Silver Metallic") and chrome accents on the mirror adjustment and electric window switches. Also on board: the higher performance RCD 310 audio system with eight loudspeakers, an AUX-IN port, multifunction display "Premium," automatic running light switching (including "Coming Home / Leaving Home" function), rain sensor and automatically dimming rear-view mirror, front footwell illumination, folding tables on the seat backs of the front seats, front passenger seat back that folds forwards completely and a leather-trimmed 3-spoke steering wheel with aluminium accents.

Overview of VW Tiguan colours
12 exterior colours: The new Tiguan is available in 2 monochrome paints ("Candy White" and "Deep Ocean Blue"), 8 metallic paints ("Night Blue", "Pepper Grey", "Reflex Silver", "Silver Leaf", "Titanium Beige", "Toffee Brown", "Wild Cherry Red" and "Acapulco Blue") as well as the pearl effect paints "Deep Black" and "Venetian Green".

7 colour schemes for seat upholstery: Seat upholstery selections are the colour schemes "Brown / Titan Black" (fabric), "Quartz / Titan Black" (fabric), "Corn Silk Beige" (leather), "Furioso" (leather), "Titan Black" (fabric, Alcantara or leather) as well as "Taniami Beige" and "Flannel Grey" (both Alcantara / Milan flat weave from "...& Style").

6 alloy wheels: As mentioned, "Trend & Fun" and "Track & Field" versions in Germany have 16-inch "Portland" alloy wheels (5 dual spokes) as standard equipment. The "Sport & Style" and "Track & Style" lines have 10-spoke "Philadelphia" alloy wheels in 17-inch format as standard. Another option: 16-inch "San Diego" wheels for the Tiguan "Track & Field". In addition, customers can choose from 2 other 17-inch wheels styles "Boston" and "New Orleans") and one 18-inch wheel style ("New York").

Clever underway - optional systems of the new Tiguan
Enormous strides have been made in active and passive automotive safety as well as comfort in recent decades. Currently, it is the "intelligent" assistance systems that are further improving driving safety and convenience. A whole armada of other assistance systems are making their way into the new Volkswagen Tiguan. They include the automatic main beam light systems Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist, Fatigue Detection, the Lane Assist lane keeping assistant as well as the latest generation of Park Assist parking support.

Since these systems are tailored to the budgets and priorities of individual customers, they are usually available as options or as part of a specific equipment line. For example, the new Fatigue Detection system is included as part of the Tiguan Sport & Style and the Tiguan Track & Style. In addition, advanced convenience technologies such as the perfected Keyless Access - an engine starting and locking system - are features more typical of the SUV luxury class. Moreover, clever technologies, such as the towbar that swivels out, simply make the VW Tiguan one of the most practical SUVs on the market. An overview of the most important systems:

Fatigue detection in detail
This system detects waning driver concentration and warns the driver with an acoustic signal lasting five seconds; a visual message also appears in the instrument cluster recommending that the driver take a break from driving. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated once. The rationale here: 25 percent of all motorway accidents can be attributed to over-tiredness of drivers - especially on long and monotonous stretches. Fatigue detection counteracts this situation. Right at the beginning of each car trip, the system analyses the driver's characteristic steering behaviour. Underway, the Fatigue Detection system then continually evaluates signals such as steering angle, use of pedals and transverse acceleration. If monitored parameters indicate a deviation from the steering behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then visual and acoustic warnings are produced. Independent of this monitoring, whenever the system is activated it recommends a driving break to the driver after four hours of continuous driving.

This assistance system does not output warnings in acute cases of microsleep; instead, the Fatigue Detection system focuses on detecting early phases of lapses in concentration. As mentioned, the two top equipment lines are equipped with this system as a standard feature.

Dynamic Light Assist plus LED daytime running lights
Also new aboard the Volkswagen Tiguan is the masked continuous main beam headlight system known as Dynamic Light Assist. Dynamic Light Assist makes manual switching between dipped and main beam headlights a thing of the past. At speeds of over 65 km/h the main beam is automatically activated, and it remains permanently active. Here is how it works:

In conjunction with a camera integrated behind the front windscreen, the main beam light modules - in this case of the necessary bi-xenon headlights (including standard cornering lights and LED daytime running lights) - are individually dipped in specific areas in which the system has analysed potential glare to other vehicles in traffic. A masking aperture between the reflector with the mercury-free DS3 xenon filament and the lens makes this function possible. Along with an intelligent, lateral swivelling of the entire module (via the cornering light function) and individual control of the left and right headlights, this additional aperture geometry is able to mask the light source. This prevents light glare to oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead. What's more, thanks to the front camera, the cornering light module can detect the precise position of the vehicle ahead, and starting at speeds of 60 km/h it "shifts" its light pattern up to the vehicle's rear end, or even laterally past the car - also without causing glare.

Light Assist
For Tiguan models with conventional halogen headlights, a simpler variant of automatic main beam control is available: Light Assist. This main beam assistant is also a camera-based system that analyses the actually existing light sources in traffic and - based on its knowledge of a wide variety of traffic situations - it produces a dipped beam or main beam command. The main beam is automatically activated or deactivated from speeds of 60 km/h; this system also offers a considerable gain in convenience and safety.

Park Assist, Generation II
In contrast to first generation systems, which exclusively supported parking parallel to the carriageway, the latest parking assistant also offers assisted perpendicular parking - i.e. at right angles to the driving lane. The system is activated at speeds up to 40 km/h by pressing a button on the centre console. The driver indicates the side of the carriageway for parking by activating the indicator for that side.

Park Assist utilises its 12 ultrasonic sensors (4 front, 4 rear, 2 right, 2 left / range 4.5 metres) to detect a sufficiently large parking space, and then assisted parking can begin: the driver engages reverse gear and then only needs to accelerate and brake. The Tiguan handles the steering. The driver is assisted by acoustic signals and visual cues on the multifunction display. While parking, Park Assist reduces the car's speed to seven km/h. For the first time, this system can also brake the car actively in case of impending collisions. Nonetheless, the driver remains responsible for braking, since the new braking function of Park Assist cannot guarantee that damage will be prevented in all cases.

Comprehensive optimisations were made to the system compared to the first generation: essentially, Park Assist now enables parking in especially short parking spaces within the scope of what is technically feasible (vehicle length plus 80 cm; previously plus 140 cm), in bends, on kerbs and between trees and other obstacles. It does even more: because space can be in short supply when exiting a parking space, the new Park Assist also supports the driver in this situation up to a minimum available space of 50 cm in front of the vehicle.

Lane Assist
Lane Assist - an active lane-keeping system - autonomously and gently countersteers as soon as it becomes apparent that the car might leave the lane unintentionally. And it addresses a real concern: About 14 percent of all accidents with personal injury are caused by leaving the driving lane. Lane Assist can contribute toward reducing this rate. Incidentally, Lane Assist is suspended when the driver activates an indicator to change lanes intentionally. The system is activated from the multifunctional display. Afterwards, Lane Assist automatically takes effect starting at a speed of 65 km/h. Lane Assist acquires roadway markings via the camera near the rear-view mirror. It does not matter whether lane marking lines are continuous or broken. Lane Assist also works in the dark. However, if there are no detectable lane markings, the system does not take any action.

When Lane Assist is switched on, this status is shown to the driver in the instruments by a yellow indicator symbol in the form of a driving lane. As soon as the camera has located the relevant lane markings, the symbol turns green. Now the system is fully active. If there are indications that the car is leaving its lane, Lane Assist countersteers. A key aspect here is that countersteering is very continuous and gentle. Similarly, the driver can always "override" Lane Assist with minimal effort. The lane-keeping assistant does not react if the driver activates the indicator before crossing a lane marking.

DCC adaptive chassis control
DCC adaptive chassis control offers three programmes: "Normal," "Sport" and "Comfort." "Sport" and "Comfort" are selected by a button to the right of the gear shift lever. Crucial here is the fact that adaptive chassis control is constantly working to improve driving properties. That is because it continually adapts damping to road conditions and the driving situation. The system also reacts to acceleration, braking and steering inputs. The system resolves the apparent conflict of goals between a tight, sporty tuning and a comfortable ride. The significantly enhanced comfort is perceptible to both driver and passengers.

Safety-optimised head restraints with horizontal adjustment

In conjunction with the comfort seat pack or "Vienna" leather upholstery, the front head restraints are not only adjustable in height, but also horizontally. In this new design, the outer area of the head restraint can be pulled forward. Since it is closer to the head, the risk of whiplash trauma is reduced in case of an accident.

Swivelling trailer towbar
The Tiguan's 2,500 kg towing capacity (braked at 12 percent gradient) is further evidence of its top position in the segment. The highlight here: the trailer towbar with its cable system can be manually swivelled out or swivelled out of sight in just seconds. This eliminates the otherwise complicated and usually time-consuming assembly process including latching and closing. Dirty hands are also a thing of the past, because the cable with its ergonomic hand grip is at the upper left, under a separate cover on the bumper. This means that it is protected from dirt when the tailgate is closed, and it is inaccessible to unauthorised persons. The mechanism operates so smoothly that just a small push with the foot is enough to latch the system securely. A green LED lights up in the hand grip as soon as the towbar has been securely latched in place.

Panoramic tilt/slide sunroof
The panoramic sunroof (PSD) on the Volkswagen Tiguan has a roof cutout area of laminated glass that is 300 percent larger than that of a conventional Golf sunroof. The aerodynamically and acoustically optimised PSD consists of one glass segment for opening and one permanently fixed rear glass segment. The roof offers many adjustment and opening options, which are controlled by ergonomic switches in the roofliner. The panoramic sunroof system has pinch protection and an electrically operated sunshade that covers the entire glass area.

"Dynaudio Contour" audio, navigation and sound system
In the area of multimedia systems in the Tiguan, Volkswagen is offering such features as a MEDIA-IN interface (via USB), CD changer, radio-CD and radio-CD-navigation systems RCD 210 (standard), RCD 310, RNS 315 (navigation function for RCD 310) and RNS 510 (with such features as DVD drive, 30-GB hard drive, touchscreen, traffic sign display and SD card slot) as well as 2 different mobile telephone preparations. Upon request, the VW Tiguan can be transformed into a concert hall with 8 loudspeakers (300 Watts of audio power) together with digital 8-channel amplifier (in conjunction with the radio and navigation devices RCD 310, RCD 510, RNS 315 or RNS 510).
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