German car maker Volkswagen has expanded its emergency services vehicle fleet in Australia, with a new Tiguan SUV joining the South Australia ambulance service.
It follows the introduction last year of a fleet of Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons deployed by police in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.
The Volkswagen Tiguan Proline, based on the Tiguan Allspace Comfortline, has been tailored to meet the specific requirements of police and emergency services.
The third row of seating has been removed to increase storage capacity (by 60 litres) while alternator capacity has been increased to allow for the greater drain placed on the battery by medical equipment, emergency lights, and communication equipment.
Powering the Tiguan Proline is VW’s EA888 2.0-litre turbo petrol with outputs of 162kW and 350Nm previously found in the Mk7 Golf GTi. Those outputs are sent to all four wheels thanks to VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
The South Australian Ambulance Service (SAAS) has purchased 12 Tiguan Prolines, used exclusively for what it calls “SPRINT vehicles’ for solo paramedics acting as first responders to an emergency.
“This model lets us set eyes on a patient, treat them and be off to the next call as soon as possible, while the patient’s care is continued by ambulance crews as they transport to hospital,” South Australian Ambulance Service, Chief Executive Officer, David Place.
“Because SPRINT paramedics are solo-responders, they can help twice as many people as they would if they were deploying two-person crews. This is about efficiency and effectiveness.”
Other features specific to the Tiguan Proline include off-road bumpers with increased approach (24 degrees) and departure angles, centre air intake grille, wheel housing liner and special front fog light trim.
“It’s an honour to supply those on the frontline of public health and safety,” said Regine Zschernig, Volkswagen’s National Fleet Sales Manager. “Our vehicle portfolio bring levels of sophistication, safety and a range diversity at a price point other German carmakers cannot match.
“The direct injection turbo petrol engines of the Tiguan and Passat Prolines match or better the performance of the large capacity, naturally aspirated engines traditionally used by our emergency and police services, with greatly superior fuel economy.”
The Tiguan Proline joins the Volkswagen Passat Proline already in use in by Victoria Police in two specifications: the Passat Proline 132TSI for general duties, and the more powerful and all-wheel drive Passat 206TSI Proline Wagon used by the Highway Patrol.
A spokesperson for Volkswagen Australia said other emergency and police services around the country were evaluating the company’s Proline range of emergency vehicles.
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