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Volkswagen: Tiguan Concept 2006

  .. at the Los Angeles Auto Show


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Wednesday night, Volkswagen gave the Hollywood glitterati a preview of its latest concept car, a highly efficient, compact SUV, called Concept Tiguan. Towering scaffold structures created the ultimate urban jungle; a stylish city, with chic lounges for guests to explore. This unique event combined Volkswagen’s inspiration behind Concept Tiguan: Travel, adventure and excitement with Hollywood’s glamour and exhilaration.

The Concept Tiguan was unveiled to the crowd by a dramatic manoeuvre. All the lights inside the party went off suddenly, and the music stopped. The loud bass of a slow drumbeat filled the quieted room. Then, several groups of drummers appeared from all corners of the room amongst the guests, bringing the moment to an emotional peek. The drumming stopped and car headlights shot out into the audience. A scaffolding structure lifted off the ground to reveal an electric beacon of light shining above the Concept Tiguan, and Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Group, driving the vehicle.
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The evening rounded out with an exciting performance by Ludacris. Additionally, celebrity DJ’s Twiggy Ramirez of Nine Inch Nails and Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge entertained the crowd with great music. A fleet of Volkswagen cars, including Touaregs and Phaetons brought celebrity guests to the party. Among the many guests in attendance, were: Danny Masterson, Dita Von Teese, Dominique Swain, Emile Hirsch, Eric Balfour, Hayden Panettiere, James Franco, Jeremy Piven, Kristin Cavallari, Luke Goss, Paris and Nicky Hilton, and Pete Wentz


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Concept Tiguan

The countdown for the Tiguan has begun: Volkswagen will bring the “small Touareg” to market at the end of next year – a SUV, a highly variable companion for use on all routes, terrains and in all situations. Some initial signs of just how this Volkswagen – with all-wheel drive in most versions – might appear were offered in early 2006 with the Concept A presented in Berlin. Front grille, headlamps, engine hood, front fenders and wheel arches gave flashing glimpses of the Tiguan and showed where the journey is headed. Now this journey will be continued in Los Angeles: That is because with the exceptionally early world premiere of the Concept Tiguan at the LA Auto Show Volkswagen is now offering another preview of the sport utility vehicle that will arrive at its first customers within twelve months.

The concept car being presented in Los Angeles is powered by a “Clean TDI” that is an entirely new development – a diesel engine of the next generation. In this diesel of the future Volkswagen will employ a modular concept of different systems to once again significantly reduce emissions. One of these powertrain systems includes a NOx storage catalytic converter and as a whole reduces nitrogen oxides by up to 90% compared to engines known today. The “Clean TDI” from Volkswagen will satisfy the strictest emissions standards in the world.


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The “Clean TDI” introduced in the Concept Tiguan is also one of the first components of the BLUETEC offensive initiated jointly by Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. The goal of this partnership is to establish the concept of BLUETEC as a uniform label for clean and low consumption cars and SUVs with diesel engines. BLUETEC denotes diesel drives that comply with even the strictest emissions regulations of the US market. The technologies used and individually developed by each manufacturer serve to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) in particular – the only exhaust components that lie above the rates of gasoline engines due to the conceptual design of diesel engines. The BLUETEC partnership was recently started in the course of the LA Auto Show.

The Concept Tiguan comes across as self-assured, with high value, grown-up, astute. It transfers the Touareg idea of a highly capable touring car and SUV into another class. The Tiguan does not stop where normal tracks end. But it does not acquire this talent at the cost of refined street manners, rather it masters the ride through both worlds – of asphalt paths and nature’s paths. The design of the Concept Tiguan, specially built for the auto show in Los Angeles, makes precisely this clear.

Those are details, as in the case of the Concept Tiguan, that include the dark-anodized metallic tone of the insignia front grille that contrasts with the body color, the grid pattern integrated here with two domi­nant cross struts to the left and right of the VW logo, and the chrome frame. It is the headlamps that join together with the insignia grille and the bumper.

The engine hood brings up the headlamps and lends the face a very focused expression. The Xenon headlamps themselves are a refined visual treat, because– similar to large studio spotlights – they are supported along their central axes and appear to float freely inside their housings. Given a broad and powerful shape are the bumpers beneath the headlamps, laterally completed by fog lamps placed in an own frame.

The real character of the front end however is achieved in the interplay of all design elements. And the totality of the 1.85 meter wide, 1.69 meter high and 4.40 meter long Concept Tiguan demonstrates a clarity of forms and proportions that let it stand out distinctly from the majority of SUVs in the jungle of the big city.

Nothing less applies to the silhouette of the Concept Tiguan. Here too clarity and power dominate the forms, and here too there is no detail that is random in appearance or not thought out to its conclusion. Viewed from the side, except for the small VW symbols in the 19 inch wheel rims, there is no logo that “tips off” the viewer that the Concept Tiguan is a Volkswagen.

 
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And yet at first glance it is immediately apparent that this is a Volkswagen, and especially from this perspective it can be made out as a brother of the Touareg. It is immediately clear that this SUV has a European, a German origin. Clarity and power express themselves in very distinctive wheel arches here, a window line that rises toward the rear, door and fender surfaces that are once-again three-dimensional – with a strong modulation – and unmistakably designed C-pillars.


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In the interior the study holds to the colors black, silver and orange. Black components include the leather seats, the instruments, some of which are also trimmed with a vintage style leather, the door trim and leather steering wheel. Silver: The instruments themselves as well as the door handles, inside and out. Orange: All leather seams and the orange tire stripe pattern integrated in the center seat panels. The reason that a friendly atmos­phere prevails in the Concept Tiguan in spite of the dark interior equipment lies not only in the interior design but in the transparent 1.34 meter long and 0.85 meter wide panoramic sunroof.

Since the Concept Tiguan is a study, the designers are also forging new paths when it comes to tires. The 19 inch tires for these prototypes were developed by Continental. The key feature: They have an orange radial stripe beneath the tire profile that matches the paint color of the Concept Tiguan. This radial stripe is not simply painted on, rather the orange penetrates the rubber layer as a “baked in” component of the tire’s cord casing. The orange stripes visible in the silhouette emphasize the sizes of the tires. Meanwhile, the 19 inch alloy rims that retain the same Anthracite color as the body trim are a concrete proposal for the later production vehicle.


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When taking a seat in the concept car one recognizes immediately that this is a well thought-out, ergonomically designed and spacious interior. Seating is equally comfortable at all five occupant positions on board the Concept Tiguan. The rear seat bench can be adjusted longitudinally and has asymmetrical fold-down capability. When folded down the Concept Tiguan can handle objects up to 2.5 meters in length of any imaginable type and transforms itself into a MPV. In the first quarter of 2007 the facts will come out on this and numerous other technical innovations of the new Volkswagen. And indeed at that time the Tiguan name will no longer qualified by the word Concept.

Photos: Volkswagen

(November 30, 2006)


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