New Volkswagen Tiguan Launch: Highlights

New Volkswagen Tiguan Launch: Highlights

Volkswagen Tiguan SUV has been launched in India at Rs. 27.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new VW Tiguan premiered in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show before making an appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi last year. The SUV went into production at the company’s facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra in March 2017. Offered in two variants, the SUV comes loaded with features such as electrically adjustable driver seat with memory function, LED tail lamps, reverse camera, illuminated scuff plates, etc.. As far as its rivals go – the Tiguan SUV faces competition from established names such as the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, and the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq in India.

Built on the company’s MQB platform, the Tiguan comes powered by a 2-litre TDI turbocharged diesel engine. Paired to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, the motor develops 147 bhp and 330 Nm of peak torque.

Volkswagen Tiguan has been launched in India at Rs. 27.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The SUV, available with only a diesel engine, will be offered in two trim levels.

Volskwagen Tiguan Vs Competition: Size Vs Price
Volskwagen Tiguan Vs Competition: Dimensions Comparison
Volkswagen Tiguan: Price
Volkswagen Tiguan has been launched at Rs. 27.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)

Volkswagen Tiguan SUV: Feature Highlights
Volkswagen Tiguan: Engine And Drivetrain
Volkswagen Tiguan SUV: Safety Features
Now that the launch is underway, we finally have more information about the Tiguan SUV.

May 24, 2017

12:07 PM

Volkswagen Tiguan: History
a. First generation Tiguan SUV was launched in 2007

b. It used the PQ35 platform which was shared with the Golf

c. It was a five door, five-seater configuration with various engine and transmission options

d. The Tiguan SUV received fron wheel drive (FWD) or all wheel drive (AWD)

e. VW Tiguan was originally manufactured in Wolfsburg

f. Subsequently, it was also manufactured in China and Russia

g. Volkswagen has sold 3.5 million Tiguans worldwide

May 24, 2017

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Volkswagen Tiguan: Dimensions
Length: 4,486 mm

Width: 1,839 mm

Height: 1,672 mm

Wheelbase: 2,677 mm

Ground Clearance: 149 mm

Kerb Weight (with 90% fuel): 1,720 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity: 71-litres

Boot Capacity: 615-litres with all seats up, 1,655-litres with rear seat folded

Active hood

Easy open boot with one touch close

Driving mode selector

Hill descent control

Panaromic sunroof with LED surround lighting

Volkswagen Tiguan Features: Pictures
4MOTION technology

Its cabin receives additional features such as keyless entry with push button start/stop function, panoramic sunroof, illuminated scuff plates, Dark Grid inserts for dashboard and front door panels, ambient lighting, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and reverse parking camera.
Volkswagen Tiguan Highline: Features
In addition to the Comfortline’s provisions, Highline gets 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome inserts for the front bumper, and silver roof rails.
Other provisions include hill descent control, front and rear disc brakes, automatic headlamps, tyre pressure monitor, six airbags, ABS with EBD, and park distance control.
Volkswagen Tiguan Comfortline: Interior Features
Inside, it receives three-zone climate control, five-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function for the driver, footwell lamp, and an electrically operated tailgate with adjustable opening angle.
It also gets 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, electrically operable outside rear-view mirrors, and black roof rails.
Volkswagen Tiguan: Features
Comfortline, the base trim, is fairly well-equipped. It gets a chrome-accented grille, LED headlamps with daytime running lights, LED foglamps, and LED taillamps.
Volkswagen Tiguan: Specs
Engine: 2-litre TDI

Power: 141 bhp

Torque: 340 Nm

Transmission: Seven-speed DSG

VW Tiguan: Equipment

New Volkswagen Tiguan: Rear Row

VW Tiguan SUV: Boot

Volkswagen Tiguan SUV: Profile

Volkswagen Tiguan: Images
VW Tiguan Front Quarter

And from what we know so far, All-wheel-drive (AWD) will be standard across all variants.
The four-cylinder turbocharged engine will be paired to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.
The SUV will be powered by a 2-litre TDI diesel engine developing 147 bhp and a peak torque of 330 Nm.
The platform allows the new Volkswagen Tiguan to shed 50 kg.
Volkswagen Tiguan is built on the highly adaptable MQB platform.
In the meanwhile, read our 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan review here.

While more details about the VW Tiguan are awaited, we can tell you that it will be offered across two trim levels: Comfortline and Highline.
The Tiguan went into production at Volkswagen India’s facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra in March 2017 as the company braced for the SUV’s launch here.
The SUV made its Indian debut next year at the 2016 Auto Expo.
The new Tiguan first premiered in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Volkswagen Tiguan SUV, currently in its second generation globally, will be launched in India later today.

SpaceX’s sixth successful launch in 2017 puts Elon Musk’s company on pace to beat its rivals

Falcon 9 Inmarsat Elon Musk SpaceX Launch


Flying the biggest satellite that SpaceX has ever launched, weighing in at more than 6 metric tons, proved a routine piece of business for the company’s Falcon 9 rocket yesterday.

The Inmarsat-owned satellite, built by Boeing, was originally scheduled to fly on a larger rocket, the Falcon Heavy, that SpaceX hopes to debut later this year. Flying the big bird on a smaller rocket required some sacrifices on SpaceX’s part—the first stage booster could not be recovered for potential re-use, for example, since much of the fuel necessary would be used in flight. But the success puts the company on a path to finally hit its long-dreamed-of high-speed launch cadence.

SpaceX has been hoping to out-fly its competitors for the last several years, planning on a dozen to even 18 launches in a single calendar year. But in 2015, a mid-flight explosion grounded SpaceX’s rocket for six months, putting a kibosh on those plans, and a 2016 refueling mishap required four months of work to ensure the rocket was ready for flight.

Now, having launched six rockets before the halfway point of 2017, the company looks set to hit its goals and finally fly more rockets than its incumbent competitors, the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance, and the European champion Arianespace. That’s striking, given that SpaceX’s first commercial mission was in 2012. (ULA was formed in 2006, and Arianespace in 1980.)

This year, Arianespace has been the victim of circumstance, with its major spaceport becoming a pawn in a political battle between impoverished French Guianans and the mainland French government. The protests have now been resolved, allowing the company to start launching again.

For the rest of this year, SpaceX has plenty to do. It will launch a Bulgarian television satellite, and communications birds for Intelsat, Iridium, SES, and Echostar. It is expected to launch satellites on behalf of Taiwan and South Korea. And the company plans to launch its own demonstration satellite to provide internet access. Perhaps most importantly, it will fly three missions to the International Space Station for NASA, as well as demonstrating an uncrewed flight of its new astronaut-carrying space capsule. Plus, it expects to fly the experimental Falcon Heavy.

That’s a lot of work—at least a dozen more missions—and it will require the company’s engineers and technicians to move fast and carefully, with no major mishaps. The company’s goal has long been a mission cadence of one flight every two weeks, a pace it hit this month and in March but has yet to sustain over time. The tiny signals of progress are there—during yesterday’s launch, the company began loading liquid oxygen into the rocket ten minutes later than usual, part of an effort to compress and shorten the countdown process.

The rewards of frequent launches are clear: Besides establishing the Falcon 9’s reliability, and the constant stream of data used by engineers after every launch to refine the vehicle, each launch represents revenue won by SpaceX.

While the company brushed off financial concerns after its 2016 mishap, with officials noting that it had no debt and $1 billion in cash on its books, replenishing its coffers will give SpaceX greater security and more resources to tackle big projects ahead—including its mooted satellite internet constellation and an inter-planetary transportation system for reaching Mars.


Xiaomi Redmi 4 to be Amazon exclusive, launch on May 16

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After the Redmi 4A and the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi 4 in India on May 16. Now Amazon India, through a teaser on their website, has announced that the upcoming Redmi smartphone will be sold exclusively on their platform.

Interested users can register on Amazon India for updates about the upcoming smartphone. The Redmi 4 is set to be yet another budget device in Xiaomi’s line-up and will slot in between the Redmi 4A and the Redmi Note 4.

Xiaomi India VP and Managing Director, Manu Kumar Jain recently shared a tweet on his official Twitter handle teasing the launch of the upcoming smartphone. The tweet reads – “Announcing the launch of a new Redmi phone! This will be the 2nd BIG announcement of the month. Coming soon. Stay tuned #PowerInYourHand.”

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The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is set to come with a 5-inch 720p display, the Snapdragon 420 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 4,100mAh battery.

On the imaging front, the device is expected to come with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter for selfies. Alongside the Redmi 4, Xiaomi is also expected to launch the Redmi 4 Prime in India.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime on the other hand is set to come with a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card, with all other specifications remaining the same as the Redmi 4.

On the software front, both smartphones run on MIUI 8 running atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime were launched in China in November last year for CNY 699 (approximately Rs 6,900) and CNY 899 (approximately Rs 8,900) respectively. While Indian pricing is unknown at the moment, it is expected to be more or less the same as the Chinese pricing.


India launches satellite for South Asian countries, Pakistan says no thanks

The Indian Space Research Organisation's GSAT-9 satellite was launched Friday, May 5, 2017 in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s GSAT-9 satellite was launched Friday, May 5, 2017 in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

New Delhi (CNN)In a first, India’s space agency launched a satellite Friday to provide communications services to its neighboring countries.

The South Asia satellite, funded entirely by India, was announced several years ago with the intention of serving all eight members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
According to Uday Bhaskar, director of Delhi-based think tank the Society for Policy Studies, the satellite represents a “new form of regional cooperation,” and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called it a “gift to the SAARC region.”
“Even the sky is not the limit when it comes to regional cooperation among like-minded countries,” Modi said after the launch.
The more than $36 million project does not, however, involve Pakistan, which pulled out of the project.
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Tense relationship

The satellite project comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two countries. This week, India accused Pakistan of mutilating the bodies of two of its soldiers in the disputed territory of Kashmir. Last year, militants from Pakistan killed 18 Indian soldiers in an attack on an Indian army base.
While some have suggested Pakistan may have pulled out due to espionage concerns, Ajay Lele, a senior analyst at the Delhi-based Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis said “in modern times, you do not develop a satellite to spy on a country.”
But N. Sathiya Moorthy, a regional director at the Observer Research Foundation, said India should “do everything to ensure that policy makers (in Pakistan) remain convinced that it is nothing more than what India says it is.”
Lele said Pakistan’s backing out is a missed opportunity for Islamabad. “Problems on earth shouldn’t affect relationships in outer space,” he said.
Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the country was initially “keen to participate in the project.”
“However, as India was not willing to develop the project on a collaborative basis, it was not possible for Pakistan to support it as a regional project under the umbrella of SAARC,” he added.
He dismissed speculation over espionage concerns as “unfounded.”
The satellite will provide communications and disaster management services across South Asia.

Space diplomacy

The satellite’s launch is seen by many as a move by India to cement its big brother role in the region and improve relations with its neighbors, Pakistan aside.
“India has done satellite launches for countries commercially but never utilized them as a foreign policy tool. Space is no more just a science and technology domain — it is being seen from a strategic and foreign policy perspective,” said Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation.
Experts say the move is also designed to counter China’s growing influence in South Asia. In 2011, Beijing launched a communications satellite for long-time ally Pakistan, followed by the launch of another for Sri Lanka in 2012.
“Space is emerging as a domain where you can see increasing competition between India and China. For China, reaching out to South Asia is a way of keeping India under check,” said Rajagopalan.
India's space program is increasing in sophistication.

Disaster control

The South Asia satellite weighs 2,230 kilograms and is carrying 12 top-of-the-line communication transponders, making it India’s most significant space project since February’s record-breaking launch of 104 mini satellites with a single rocket.
Since the 2013 launch of India’s Mars orbiter, the country’s space agency has established itself as a reliable, low-cost global player.
The new satellite will provide telecommunications, disaster management and weather forecasting services, among others.
A satellite focusing on disaster communications could be particularly beneficial to South Asia, home to about a quarter of the world’s population and prone to tropical cyclones, heat waves, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and floods.
“Bangladesh has serious climatic variations, while Maldives is seeing the impact of climate change. Both countries have a lot to receive in terms of disaster warnings,” said Rajagopalan.
Bhaskar added, “This can go a long way in improving regional human security indicators, particularly in the more impoverished cross-sections of the regional population across South Asia.”