First photos of the upcoming 2008 Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover SUV are finally revealed. Quite predictably, the new vehicle offers the usual “neutral” design that doesn’t make the car look particularly beautiful, but is efficient and probably cheap in manufacturing the sheet metal.
Scheduled to be officially presented to the public this autumn at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the Tiguan will try to offer both the compactness of a hatchback and some off-road capabilities of mid-size SUVs.
The compact crossover (sorry, but it looks more like an overgrown Golf rather than a shrunken Touareg) will be equipped with a choice of highly fuel-efficient turbocharged direct injection engines, including 140 and 170 hp Euro V oil-burners and 150, 170 and 200 hp gasoline motors.
The VW Tiguan, which is sharing its platform with the Golf/Rabbit hatchback, will have to compete against such mid-size crossovers as new Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Nissan X-trail.
See also: 2007 Volkswagen Cross Golf