Since its launch in 2008, the Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover has struggled to grow its market share in the U.S. Compared to its competitors like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV 4, and Ford Escape, the Tiguan has always carried a higher price tag, and this has unfortunately limited the Tiguan’s appeal to the general compact crossover shopper. But, now it looks like, things might be changing a bit.
For 2016, Volkswagen is going to slash nearly $1400 off its base price and to make the Tiguan a bit more appealing, it also will be adding a host of standard features across the model range. Official pricing for the 2016 Tiguan models have not been announced yet, but the price drop will bring the MSRP of the base Volkswagen Tiguan S close to the $25,000 mark.
For the 2016 model year, the base Volkswagen Tiguan S receives V-Tex leatherette seating with heated front seats, keyless entry with push-button start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming mirror, and MIB II 5.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The current range topping R-Line trim will now be placed between the base S and the mid-level SE trims. The SEL trim will once again become the range topping model.
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line, SE, and SEL will also gain the new MIB II Infotainment system, but will receive the larger 6.3 inch touchscreen.
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan SE trim adds a panoramic roof, 18-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, power driver’s seat, power reclining passenger seat, and chrome trims inside and out.
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL trim adds 19-inch alloy wheels, fender flares, sport suspension, leather seats, power folding exterior mirrors, and memory function for the driver’s seat.
With the addition of these options to the Tiguan’s various trim levels and the lowering of the price, Volkswagen hopes that this will keep the Tiguan relevant in the highly contested compact crossover segment in the U.S. until an all-new model arrives on our shores in a year or two.
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