Volkswagen Tiguan Albany NY
New York, NY
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- Pronounced (tig-wan)
- Small SUV designed for agility and safety
- Turbocharged four-cylinder engines
- Standard four-wheel-drive system
- Initial engine will be a 200 hp four cylinder
- VW says electronics set a standard in the class
- The first SUV available with automatic Park Assist
- North American sales start in Summer 2008
The Touareg, launched in 2004, was Volkswagen's first official SUV. With a competent full-time all-wheel-drive system and solid mechanicals underneath, the midsize Touareg is heavy (and thirsty), but admirable off-road. To address those who do not plan a race across the Sahara in the Dakar rally, and those looking for more urban agility, on-road prowess, and fuel economy, Volkswagen introduces the 2009 Tiguan (tee-wan). This is the Touareg's little brother, and it bears a strong family resemblance to the bigger VW SUV. The Tiguan will find itself in US showrooms in the summer of 2008.
Initially, all Volkswagen Tiguans sold in the States will be equipped with Volkswagen's 4MOTION permanent four-wheel-drive system and a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder as standard equipment. There will be two transmission choices: six-speed manual or 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic. An optional "Sport & Style" package will be offered, complete with electromechanical steering and an electronic parking brake. Options are expected to include two different wheel packages, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-speaker 300-watt audio system, automatic Park Assist, and a sophisticated touch-screen navigation system....
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