New spy photos confirm next-gen Tiguan styling, and now we know what to expect inside too
Fresh spy photos of a camouflaged next-gen Tiguan have surfaced again online, further reinforcing the details of our speculative renders here. What do you think of the new look? Tell us in the comments below!
We also know, thanks to comments from Volkswagen brand boss Thomas Schäfer, that the new Tiguan will see a return to proper tactile physical switches, reducing the need for drivers to fumble around for the right capacitive touch button on a glossy flat surface.
Schäfer said: "We’ve got feedback from customers, we’ve feedback from clinics and from journalists… They say, 'You know this is not good. You’ve got to improve this'."
Volkswagen says it has listened to buyer and media feedback in making the decision, so that's good news for all – a strong demonstration of where VW is at right now and how seriously it's taking market demands. Read that story at the link below.
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October 3: Here’s a glimpse of the third-generation 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan
A third-gen VW Tiguan is likely to debut next year. Before then, we have digital artist Theottle’s rendering based on spy shots of prototypes to mull over.
The current Tiguan, launched in 2016, was treated to a midlife refresh in 2020 and is a rival for the Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander and Hyundai Tucson.
It looks like the new Tiguan will grow in length and width. It’s possible the car that’s been spied is the American-market Tiguan – a three-row SUV known as the Allspace in Australia – or a larger vehicle that bridges the gap between short- and long-wheelbase Tiguans.
With Volkswagen Europe moving swiftly towards electrification with similarly-sized ID.4 and ID.5 battery EVs, an ICE-heavy Tiguan range will target markets such as North America, Australia and South Africa.
How's the design changed?
The spy-shot based render moves the Tiguan’s cab rearward, with a longer bonnet and less square proportions than the current car. The result is a sleeker – dare we say coupe-like – stance.
Details are lifted from the VW stable, with the full-length LED tail-lights reminiscent of the smaller T-Cross and new grille design that reminds us of the ID.4. Both details serve to accentuate the new Tiguan’s width.
We know the next Tiguan won’t be an EV, but just to make sure bystanders do, too, the new SUV has a broad air intake below its grille.
Down its flanks, the new Tiguan ditches the current car’s confident, single crease in favour of gently-flared flared wheel arches.
When is it coming?
Providing development continues without hassle, we’ll likely see the new Tiguan debut in Europe as soon as 2023.
The third-gen Tiguan will use a newer iteration of the MQB platform of the current car. Whether that is the same MQB Evo as the Mk8 Golf or an even fresher platform with more computing power is yet to be confirmed.
Under the bonnet there will surely be some kind of electrification, be that plug-in, self-charging or mild hybrids. An all-electric variant isn’t off the cards.
But combustion engines – including the current 2.0-litre turbo ‘EA888’ and 1.5-litre 110TSI Evo petrol mills – are likely to feature in the new Tiguan.