Against the tape measure, the new Tiguan is 4.49 metres long, 1.84m wide and rides on a wheelbase that's 2.68m in length. That's around 61mm longer and 30mm wider than the first-gen Tiguan.
In base, front-wheel drive trim, the new Tiguan stands 1.63m tall, a reduction of 33mm. The new SUV has a co-efficient of drag of 0.31, and Volkswagen claims that drag losses have been reduced by 40 percent.
Cargo capacity has grown, with the boot now rated to 521L. If the second row bench seats are slid forward, boot space can be increased to 617L. With the second row folded down this increases still further to 1656L, and the front passenger's seat can be folded forward to accommodate long loads.
Stylistically, the second-generation Tiguan features sharper lines and creases. Top-spec models will be equipped with dual LED headlights, while, at least in Europe, LED tail-lights will be standard across the range.
Based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB component matrix for transverse engine, front- and all-wheel cars, the Tiguan is said to weigh around 50 kilograms less than before.
Eight powertrain options will be available initially in the new Tiguan. The four TSI turbocharged petrol engines are rated at 92kW, 110kW, 132kW and 162kW, while the four turbo-diesel options have listed power outputs of 85kW, 110kW, 140kW and 176kW.
Base model engines are paired exclusively with front-wheel drive, but for the rest of the lineup all-wheel drive is either standard or optional.
The company says that the Haldex-coupled 4Motion Active Control all-wheel drive system available on the new Tiguan can be adjusted by the driver, via a rotary dial, to suit "all possible driving conditions". Volkswagen claims that the Tiguan can haul trailer loads of up to 2500 kilograms.
For those who fancy a little bit of off-road action, the all-wheel drive versions of the new Tiguan have an extra 10mm of ground clearance. An optional off-road package is said to increase the approach angle from 18.3 degrees to 25.6 degrees. All Tiguans have a departure and ramp angle of 24.7 degrees.
The new crossover includes pedestrian detection, automated city emergency braking, automatic post-collision braking and lane keeping assist as standard safety features, at least in Europe.
Top-spec Tiguan models will be available with a 12.3-inch display in the instrument panel, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go ability, surround view cameras in off-road mode, lane changing assistance, three-zone climate control with biogenic air filtering, massaging ergonomic seats, a large panoramic sunroof, and hands-free tailgate operation.
Touchscreens in the all-new Tiguan range from 5.0- to 8.0-inch units, and can be specified with built-in satellite navigation. They will also support the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring standards, as well as smartphone app support through App Connect.
The sporty-looking R-Line package (top and in white) is equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, while 20-inch rims are optional.
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