This is the VW Tiguan X
After Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, now it is VW's turn to show their idea of a coupe-SUV.
SUVs with fastback outline or simply put up, coupe-SUVs are amongst the most controversial cars because of their polarising design elements. It all started with BMW's X6 in 2009 and 11 years later, VW has officially released it's take on this relatively novel segment.
In case you dislike this segment altogether and aren't a resident of China, you will be jovial knowing the fact that this SUV at least for now is only for the Chinese markets. It adds to the melange of SUVs that VW sells in that part of the world.
Based on the Tiguan Allspace, which is a whole lot longer than the standard SUV, it measures in at 4.77 metres in length making this derivation even longer than the long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan. Look at it from the front and the understated elegance is clearly visible. It looks a lot identical to not only the facelifted Tiguan, but also the T-Roc. The most inconspicuous change is seen in the side profile as outright changes are there to write home about. The coupe silhouette blends in well with the C-pillar and the tailgate of a notchback is worth looking with rapt attention. The chiselled taillamps with a light bar joining them is a now a blasé but still gives the car an aggressive look. From the rear, it does resemble the Tesla Model X a lot.
The sporty credentials of the Tiguan X are let known to its buyers with the engine options that are on offer in China which include a 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline that churns out 186 hp (137 kW) and the same engine in a higher state of tune maxing out at 220 hp. There is a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission on offer. However, await no diesel or manual powertrain options in the near future. Though not many would want to go flat-out, it is capable of doing the nought to 60 run in sub-10 seconds.
The Tiguan X might be the affordable sibling of the Audi Q3 Sportback. It will rival the Renault Arkana in China and if went global, will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and the BMW X4 to enlist a few. There was a lot of vilification thrown at the time this segment came into being. However, the consumer trend has evolved a lot since then and there are those who want to spend in this niche space. Will this car go global and be a sales charts winner? Let me know what you think.