VW reveals new generation of global Tiguan



Volkswagen on Tuesday revealed a redesigned Tiguan for markets outside the U.S.

It features a shorter wheelbase than the Tiguan currently sold in the U.S. and isn’t planned for local sale. Instead, VW said it will introduce next year a separate compact crossover as the redesigned Tiguan for the U.S., rumored to be a twin with a redesigned version of the Chinese-market Tayron. The rumors also point to both regular and coupe-like body styles being offered this time around.

VW has confirmed the new Tiguan bound for the U.S. will use the same updated MQB platform as the global Tiguan shown here, which suggests that some of the technology featured in the global Tiguan may also feature in the U.S.-bound model.

The new global Tiguan represents the third generation of the nameplate and is longer by about 1.2 inches compared to the outgoing model, bringing total length to 178.7 inches. Most of the extra length benefits the cargo area which for the new generation has grown 1.2 cubic feet to a total of 22.9 (when measured to the height of the rear seat backrests).

Global Volkswagen Tiguan

Global Volkswagen Tiguan

Its exterior design is more muscular than before, especially when equipped with its available R-Line package. A light strip at the rear also adds emphasis to the width of the vehicle. Available wheel sizes measure up to 20 inches in diameter.

VW has also loaded the new global Tiguan with premium tech features. These include, either as standard or available, items like high-definition matrix LED headlights, a 15-inch infotainment screen, a rotary drive mode selector with its own mini screen, a noise-canceling package, automated park assist (with remote capability), and heated and ventilated massage seats up front. Conventional buttons also make a return, replacing the current model’s touch-sensitive controls.

Another key feature is an adaptive suspension with dual-valve shocks controlled by the same vehicle dynamics management system that features in the Golf GTI. In addition to controlling the shocks, the system also controls the vehicle’s electronic differential locks and brakes to improve handling at the limit.

Global Volkswagen Tiguan

Global Volkswagen Tiguan

Global Volkswagen Tiguan

Global Volkswagen Tiguan

Global Volkswagen Tiguan

Global Volkswagen Tiguan

The powertrain offerings include diesels, mild-hybrids, and plug-in hybrids. The range-topping option is a plug-in hybrid delivering 268 hp and a small electric range made possible thanks to a 19.7-kwh battery.

The global Tiguan will start sales in early 2024. The U.S.-bound Tiguan is also expected to start sales in 2024, meaning it will likely arrive as a 2025 model.

VW is also known to be working on an electric compact crossover that may be badged an ID.Tiguan.


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