The Volkswagen Tiguan is getting a major technical and visual update. The big highlight will be a new plug-in hybrid drive (PHEV ) version for Europe.
Volkswagen says that the new Tiguan eHybrid1 can reach speeds of up to 130 km/h fully electrically and thus generates zero local emissions.
Billed by Volkswagen as the continent’s most successful SUV, the Tiguan is also one of the top-selling three SUVs in the world. More than six million units have been produced by this spring, just passed. In 2019, the Tiguan was again the most popular model of the brand and entire Volkswagen Group.
The German marque is now showcasing a comprehensive update of the best-selling vehicle as part of its world premiere.
Volkswagen claims that all key technology on board the best-seller is set to take a significant step forward. It adds that it is electrifying the Tiguan with a new, state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid drive.
The SUV will now also be available as a separate Tiguan R model for the very first time. Volkswagen R’s performance experts have developed a new all-wheel drive with selective wheel torque control for the extremely dynamic, top-of-the-range model.
The so called ‘R-Performance Torque Vectoring’ enables totally new SUV driving dynamics by distributing the drive power variably between the front and rear axles as well as the left and right rear wheels.
Volkswagen claims that the new all-wheel drive 4Motion system with selective wheel torque control lends the Tiguan R a new level of SUV driving dynamics.
It adds that this makes the Tiguan among the cleanest combustion engines in the world.
With the new optional Travel Assist system in the Tiguan, the German manufacturer claims that the compact SUV is now capable of assisted driving at speeds up to 210 km/h.
The Tiguan also offers as an optional extra, the most recent generation of infotainment systems (MIB3 ) to bring a completely new range of online-based services and functions on board. Also new, is the optional 480-watt sound system by audio specialist Harman Kardon.
Volkswagen says that a new optional steering wheel generation featuring touch controls is also among the highlights of the new Tiguan. It has has also digitalised the climate control functions by means of optional touch sliders and touch buttons. And last, but by no means least, the Tiguan’s new IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights (another option ) can guide drivers through the night with enhanced convenience.
One of the characteristic, freshened exterior features of the new Tiguan includes the redesigned front end. A new SUV radiator grille forges a visual link between the Tiguan and models such as the larger Touareg. It really lends the new Tiguan a significantly more confident appearance. The bonnet is more concise in its appearance and the new radiator grille with LED headlights is wider, with the new Volkswagen badge positioned centrally at the front. The bumpers have also undergone a makeover. At the rear, the Tiguan lettering is now in a prominent central position below the VW badge.
Like its predecessors, the new Tiguan looks to be a versatile and genuine SUV, that will gain more popularity if the price is right.