Volkswagen's new Tiguan 4x4 will be more than just a reworked Golf with four-wheel drive and extra ground clearance.
Following final testing of the car in the Namibian desert, Autocar can exclusively reveal that the Tiguan has been designed to make it a proper off-roader.
Two body styles will be available – a regular version and one with better approach angles at the front end to improve its off-road ability when climbing hills and negotiating obstacles.
The standard car has an approach angle of 18 degrees, while the off-road version has 28 degrees –better than a BMW X5, but not as good as a Land Rover Freelander's 31 degrees.
Undeneath is a heavily modified version of the stretched Golf platform used in the VW Eos. Front suspension is Macpherson strut with an independent four-link set-up – four-wheel drive Tiguans get the rear suspension from the Passat 4Motion.
A steel rear subframe replaces the Passat's alloy item for extra strength off-road. The rear dampers have more oil in them for better performance in off-road situations. VW claims the Tiguan handles with "neutral to light understeer."