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New Volkswagen Tiguan 2020 enlisted as paramedic vehicle in South Australia

The VW Tiguan Proline sports a number of changes to its specification to be frontline ready, including off-road bumpers.

Volkswagen Australia has brought in the Proline version of its Tiguan mid-size SUV, though don’t go rushing down to showrooms to put down a deposit just yet.

The Tiguan Proline has been introduced to Australia to serve in the South Australia Ambulance Service (SAAS), with twelve SUVs to be deployed as quick-response ‘sprint’ units to arrive on the scene quicker than a traditional ambulance.

The Tiguan Proline is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that outputs 162kW/350Nm to all four wheels via VW’s 4Motion system.

Proline specific equipment includes sports suspension, off-road bumpers with increased approach and departure angles, front underbody protection, active support comfort seats and an increased alternator capacity.

The Proline also scores 18-inch wheels and an 8.0-inch multimedia system, as well as an advanced driver assistance suite encompassing adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic jam assist and dynamic light assist.

SAAS CEO David Place said: “This model lets us set eyes on a patient, treat them and be off to the next call as soon as possible, while the patient’s care is continued by ambulance crews as they transport to hospital.

“Because Sprint paramedics are solo-responders, they can help twice as many people as they would if they were deploying two-person crews. This is about efficiency and effectiveness,” he said.

The Tiguan is actually Volkswagen’s second emergency response vehicle, with the Passat also available in Proline guise that is currently being used by Victoria Police for general duties and highway patrol.