The third-generation Volkswagen Tiguan could be the last to feature an internal combustion engine
The current Tiguan has been on sale since 2015 and Volkswagen has now started testing its replacement. Our spy shots show a test mule based on the current car’s body, but with a few key differences.
Reports state the mule is running on electric power, although whether it’s a full BEV or in the pure-electric mode of a hybrid powertrain remains to be seen. Given Volkswagen’s investment into its ID range of electric cars and the existence of the similarly-sized ID.4, an electric Tiguan isn’t likely.
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At the front of this test car, we see a revised grille with a closed-off upper section that could give the Tiguan a similar face to its ID siblings, while the lower grille has grown to counter the lack of cooling. Elsewhere it looks like the current Tiguan, aside from the rear suspension droop which might be caused by a new hybrid system at the rear.
The MQB Evo platform that underpins the Mk8 Golf, Cupra Formentor, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia is likely to 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.
The Volkswagen Tiguan should be revealed by late 2023 with it potentially going on sale the following year. Given the model’s expected lifespan and the looming 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars, this could be the last Tiguan to feature internal combustion.
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