With a much larger touchscreen and a 62-mile electric range for the plug-in hybrid, the new VW Tiguan is ready for reveal
The next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan has completed final development testing ahead of its reveal in autumn this year. These photos of a camouflaged pre-production model are our first look at the new Tiguan SUV. There have been some big changes versus the Tiguan that’s still on sale now.
Needing little introduction, the Tiguan is a best-selling SUV that rivals cars like the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga. It’s in the middle of the VW engine-powered SUV range, which spans smaller models like the T-Cross, Taigo and T-Roc, up to the larger Touareg.
New Volkswagen Tiguan styling and design
Through the camouflage, we can see that the new Tiguan is due to get a fresh look. The most noticeable change is a near-full-width grille in the front bumper, with vertical air intakes either side – a bit like on the updated ID.3. It gives the Tiguan an almost smiley, approachable look, although we expect more aggressively styled bumpers on the sporty R-Line trim level. The headlights have been restyled, and you’ll be able to get IQ.Light Matrix headlights as an option – these give you full-beam headlight power without blinding other drivers.
The rear end is a little harder to make out, but the Tiguan will certainly look like other VW SUVs. The brake lights may extend further across the boot lid towards the VW badge in the centre.
It’s all change inside. Bringing the Tiguan up to date is a new 15-inch centre touchscreen, with what looks like an updated infotainment system from the one you get in the current Golf. Volkswagen has moved the climate controls to the base of the screen, which could prove contentious as the current Tiguan’s buttons and dials are very easy to use. A digital instrument cluster will be fitted to most, if not all, versions of the Tiguan.
There is a rotary control dial on the lower centre console, with a ‘mini-screen’, which can be used to change drive modes, radio volume and ambient lighting colours.
You’ll notice that this dial is where you’d expect the gearlever to be. Like VW’s ID electric models, the Tiguan’s gear selector has moved to a stalk behind the steering wheel – you’ll simply push the toggle forwards to select drive and pull it back to select reverse. This is possible because all future Tiguans will have VW’s DSG automatic gearbox as standard – there won’t be a manual gearbox offered.
Options will include an acoustic package that promises extra sound deadening and ‘premium-class noise comfort’, and ergoActive front seats with heating, ventilation and massage functions.
Engines and platform
Underpinning the new Tiguan is VW’s latest ‘MQB evo’ platform, which is already used on the Volkswagen Golf as well as the SEAT Leon, Skoda Octavia, Audi A3 and Cupra Formentor. Expect upcoming replacements to the SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq to use this platform too.
The engine range sounds similar to the current Tiguan, with TDI diesel engines, TSI petrol engines, mild-hybrid eTSI petrols and plug-in hybrid engines with eHybrid badging. VW says the eHybrid versions will be able to manage up to 62 miles of electric-only driving – nearly double the 34-mile electric range of the current car – and faster charging.
The new Tiguan will grow by about 3cm in length compared to the old one, but height and width will remain roughly the same. Despite marginal gains to the car’s size, the new Tiguan will boast a boot that’s 33 litres bigger than before. Its 648-litre space will push the Tiguan right to the top of the mid-size SUV class.
When can I buy a new Volkswagen Tiguan from Motorpoint?
With the new Tiguan projected to go on sale in 2024, we’d expect the first examples to trickle into our stores by the end of next year or in early 2025. For now, check out our selection of used VW Tiguan cars, which can be financed monthly and are able to be delivered to your local Motorpoint store or to your front door.