Volkswagen has introduced the Tiguan to the world its new compact 4×4 that will go on sale in the UK in February 2008.
The vehicle was first unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show last year and will receive its full public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Strong links are shared between the Tiguan and its ‘big brother’ the Touareg, Volkswagen states, namely the new model’s "purposeful" appearance, raised suspension and large tyres.
The Tiguan is 4.4m long, 1.8m wide and 1.6m tall, making it slightly larger than the Touran compact MPV.
A pair of engines will initially be available to power the 4×4 a two-litre TDI diesel, which Volkswagen expects to be the most popular, and a 1.4-litre TSI petrol unit.
When it is launched in the UK, the new model will be available in S, SE and Sport variants, all of which will offer the automaker’s 4Motion four-wheel drive system.
A radiator protection grille, underbody protection, hill descent control and a compass will all come as standard with the Tiguan.