Figuring that its Touareg is too big for some people, Volkswagen will launch a smaller SUV, the Tiguan, at the 2007 Frankfurt auto show. But VW is no tease--the company offered up photos and a short press release today with a few specs. The Tiguan has five different engine options: two diesel and three turbocharged gasoline. Different combinations will be made available worldwide. In the United States, we will most likely get the 200 horsepower version mentioned in the press release, which is most likely the same engine found in the, a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. A version with a 170-horsepower diesel engine might also make it, depending on how well it meets environmental regulations.
From the pictures, the Tiguan looks like a cross between an older BMW X3 and a Suzuki Grand Vitara. The hood in particular looks unconnected to the front of the car, sitting on top like a cap. But the grille and headlight assemblies have a modern, sculpted look. The press release mentions low overhang on the back, while the picture shows a prominent skid plate on the front, suggesting that the Tiguan inherited some of the Touareg's off-road prowess. Maybe we have another Dakar contender. The interior picture reveals a nicely designed cabin with a steering wheel hosting four buttons on each lateral spoke. The disc slot above the LCD looks like it might be a six-disc in-dash changer, as it has what appears to be Load and Eject buttons to either side. We're also intrigued by the smaller slot below the LCD. Will the Tiguan play some completely new form of media we haven't heard of yet?
CNET Car Tech will get a closer look this September at the Frankfurt auto show.