The third-generation of Volkswagen’s Tiguan SUV will continue with plug-in hybrid power
Volkswagen has been out testing the new Tiguan and these latest spy images give us our best look yet at the all-new model. Both the design and powertrain lineup won’t drastically change from the outgoing model, and with the looming 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars as well as VW’s focus on its ID range, this could be the last Tiguan model.
The current Tiguan has been on sale since 2015 and the new model is scheduled to debut in 2024, meaning its lifespan will likely run over the 2030 threshold. Previous reports have talked of Tiguan mules running on electric power – however, a pure-electric mode of a hybrid powertrain is much more likely than a full BEV given Volkswagen’s investment into its ID range of electric cars and the existence of the similarly-sized ID.4.
- Top 10 best SUVs to buy 2022
At the front of this test car, we see a revised grille with a closed-off upper section which gives it a similar face to its ID siblings, while the lower grille has grown over previous test cars for extra engine cooling. The front bumper has also been changed over previous mules, now incorporating larger side air intakes.
The proportions of the new car look similar to current Tiguan, but it looks like it’ll grow in size to be closer to the Touareg SUV; it’s not clear whether we’ll see another seven-seat Tiguan to rival the likes of the Mercedes EQB. At the rear, there’s significant suspension droop which might be caused by a new hybrid system. Also at the back we expect to see two individual rear light clusters rather than the full-width LED rear light VW likes to keep for its ID cars.
The MQB Evo platform that underpins the Mk8 Golf, Cupra Formentor, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia should be used for the next Tiguan, given it’s an evolution of the MQB A2 found on the outgoing car. This would allow the new Tiguan to use the same range of plug-in hybrid powertrains as the Golf.
We can also expect a similar engine lineup to the Golf with a mix of petrol and TDI diesel engines alongside the hybrid models. The larger, heavier Tiguan will probably forgo the Golf’s entry-level 109bhp 1.0-litre unit, starting with the 148bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder. A mild-hybrid eTSI version could also feature. 148bhp and 197bhp diesel models could make their way over from the Golf and above that, we expect to see a plug-in hybrid model with 238bhp. A hot Tiguan R with running gear lifted from the Golf R is a possibility.
We expect the inside of the new Tiguan to look similar to the Golf, rather than the minimalist cabins of the ID cars. The latest version of VW’s Digital Cockpit Pro should feature two 10-inch screens. Practicality should be improved with the addition of the MQB Evo platform too, with boot space rising from the current car’s 520 litres.
Now read our review of the Volkswagen T-Roc R…
Source: Read Full Article