The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan will hit Australian showrooms in September priced from $31,990 plus on-road costs. The new point of entry is $3000 higher than the outgoing car's RRP, though the new-generation version is significantly larger and better-equipped.
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Kicking off the new Volkswagen Tiguan range is the Trendline 110TSI with a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 110kW/250Nm, matched to six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmissions, with a front-wheel drive layout.

The Trendline’s $31,990 entry price (or $34,490 with the DSG automatic) puts the Volkswagen above the Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport, which is the second-from-base variant in the CX-5 line-up. It's also $2000 more than the $29,990 starting price announced for the all-new Renault Koleos last week.

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Next in the chain is the mid-range Tiguan Comfortline priced from $36,990, available in 110TSI guise, as well as with larger 2.0-litre 132TSI petrol (132kW/320Nm) or 110TDI 2.0-litre diesel (110kW/340Nm) engines. All have 4Motion all-wheel drive and a DSG.

The pricing — $36,990 for the 110TSI, $41,490 for the 132TSI and $42,990 for the 110TDI — puts the Tiguan Comfortline in between the CX-5 Maxx Sport and GT variants.

Topping the range is the Tiguan Highline DSG 4Motion, with 162kW/350Nm 2.0-litre petrol (shared with the Golf GTI) or 140kW/400Nm diesel engine options. This version will kick off at $48,490, which puts it around the ballpark with the flagship CX-5 Akera variant.

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The new-generation Tiguan is bigger between the wheels and much more spacious than before, with its 615L/1655L boot taking it from the bottom of the class to the upper echelon. It’s also billed as more premium and dynamic than before.

The MKII Tiguan will also offer “the most comprehensive package of standard safety technologies in the segment”. All models get low-speed autonomous brakes, lane assist, fatigue detection, an active bonnet, multi-collision braking, parking assist and a rear-view camera.

Volkswagen Australia has billed the new Tiguan as “one of its most significant launches in recent memory”, which should surprise nobody considering the market for this type of car is up 19 per cent in 2016, making it the second-biggest individual vehicle segment.

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The new Volkswagen Tiguan launches on September 19, and we'll naturally bring you our first Australian review then. Read our overseas review in the meantime.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing (plus on-roads):
Trendline 110TSI FWD manual $31,990
Trendline 110TSI FWD six-speed DSG $34,490
Comfortline 110TSI FWD six-speed DSG $36,990
Comfortline 132TSI AWD seven-speed DSG $41,490
Comfortline 110TDI AWD seven-speed DSG $42,990
Highline 162TSI seven-speed DSG $48,490
Highline 140TDI seven-speed DSG $49,990

Tiguan Trendline (110TSI manual and DSG):
Front Assist with City Emergency Brake
Lane assist
17-inch alloy wheels
Park Assist,
Rear-view camera
Tyre pressure indicator
LED tail lights
8.0-inch Composition Media infotainment system
App-Connect (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto)
Automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers
Cruise control
Leather multi-function steering wheel.

Tiguan Comfortline (110TSI DSG, 110TDI DSG and 132TSI DSG) additions:
Driving profile selection with 4Motion Active Control
Three-zone climate control air conditioning
Satellite-navigation
Colour multi-function display
Folding table on front seat backrests
Front fog lights
Carpet floor mats
Extended roof storage console
Luggage floor net
Chrome roof rails and window surrounds
Painted bumper inserts
Storage drawer under the front seats

Tiguan Highline (140TDI DSG and 162TSI DSG) additions:
LED headlights with dynamic cornering lights
18-inch alloy wheels
Keyless access
Electronically-operated tailgate with Easy Open and Close
8.0-inch Discover Pro satellite-navigation system
Vienna leather-appointed upholstery
Heated comfort sport front seats
Electronically-adjustable driver’s seat
Interior ambient lighting and LED reading lights
Power folding door mirrors
Steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles
Dark tinted rear side and rear windows
Premium LED tail lights
Chrome strip in the front lower air intake

Luxury Package (Comfortline $5000)
Vienna leather-appointed upholstery, electronically adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, power folding door mirrors, keyless access, electronically-operated tailgate with Easy Open and Close and a panoramic electric glass sunroof.

Driver Assistance package (Comfortline $2250 and Highline $2000)
Adaptive cruise control, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Active Info display, power folding door mirrors and area view.

R-Line Package (Highline $4000)
R-Line body kit, R-Line interior, 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive chassis control and progressive steering.

Panoramic Electric Glass Sunroof (Highline $2000)