One of the most popular segments in the automotive market is the CUV or compact utility vehicle. Like the SUV, the CUV offers a greater amount of space and luggage capacity, but with better fuel economy and a more car-like ride quality. These features have made them quite popular in the automotive market, leading many companies to invest in CUV models. Volkswagen was a company that has tried to tap into the CUV market with its new Tiguan. Based on the Golf chassis, the Tiguan offers SUV-like capability with a sportier feel. But there are still those who crave even more sport, which is why the ABT Sportsline team created a new upgrade program for the Volkswagen Tiguan that gives it even better performance and style. The program includes new engine tuning software, chassis modifications, concave truck wheels, and new exterior styling enhancements.
The first aspect of the Volkswagen Tiguan model range that the ABT Sportsline team focused on were diesel and gasoline engines. Three 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbodiesel engines are available in the Volkswagen Tiguan with outputs of 110, 140 and 170 horsepower as standard. With the ABT Power package that includes a variety of modifications, including software tuning, the engines end up producing a total of 140, 170 and 195 horsepower in total for better acceleration and top speed performance. Next was the line of gasoline engines, three of which displace 1.4 liters and the top-of-the-line displaces 2.0 liters and uses a turbocharger. The 1.4-liter engines producing a stock of 122, 150 and 160 horsepower generate a total of 160, 180 and 210 horsepower after the ABT Power upgrade package with software adjustments. The latest 2.0 TFSI turbocharged engine with 180 horsepower power output sends a total of 230 horsepower to the truck’s four concave wheels after the ABT Power upgrade.
The next step was to update the exterior design of the Volkswagen Tiguan. Here, ABT Sportsline engineers and designers teamed up to create a sleek, sporty look using new bodywork. The front fascia uses a new grille and spoiler lip to create downforce, while each side of the CUV features new door inserts, vents, and side skirts that sit between the truck’s new concave wheels. The rear of the Tiguan is finished off with a new bumper insert and a roof spoiler.
The final upgrade package was for the Tiguan chassis. ABT Sportsline installed a set of new sport lowering springs to lower the overall center of gravity for better handling dynamics and a new set of wheel spacers on the front and rear axles. They then fitted a set of concave truck wheels that give the Tiguan a more muscular stance and then fitted them with new high-performance tires for better grip.