TO THE EDITOR:
As an unabashedly enthusiastic owner of a 2016 Golf GTI, I really had hoped to trade up/over to a Tiguan ("Why VW sliced its Tiguan prices," autonews.com, Jan. 7). I'm due to retire soon and plan to buy a lightweight travel trailer, so an appropriate tow vehicle is a must. Unfortunately, the tow capacity of the Tiguan doesn't come close to my needs. The Atlas offers the towing capacity I need but is far too large to even consider.
If VW would offer the Atlas' four-cylinder turbo in the Tiguan, I'd jump on it, as it would fill a niche that the industry as a whole seems to be ignoring. The generational trend toward a smaller, more efficient auto/trailer footprint is not met by most manufacturers' offerings. Tow capacity of 3,500 pounds is the sweet spot, and the Tiguan would see a huge sales increase with the power gain I suggested, let alone address the general complaints of being underpowered.
VW has made a long overdue effort in addressing the U.S. market with the introduction of the two new crossovers, and good for them, but if VW USA is to be a truly independent arm of the VW universe, it needs to seriously look at baby boomers who are thinking small. I want to remain loyal to the brand, but I'm being forced to look elsewhere. I'm hopeful the VW brain trust is already busy with a solution for the 2019 Tiguan, but if not, shame on them.
ERIC YOUNGHANS, Tampa, Fla.