The next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan will be bigger, more upmarket, and will feature more modern powertrains.
The mid-sized SUV will debut between September and November and is currently on track to hit Australian showrooms in the third quarter of 2024.
A new Tiguan is a big deal for Volkswagen. It’s the best-selling Volkswagen worldwide, having overtaken the Golf in 2020, and competes with strong-sellers such as the Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson in Australia.
Globally the new Tiguan will be offered with diesel, petrol, mild-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options, and rides on the MQB Evo platform that underpins the latest Golf.
Although final details haven’t been locked in, CarExpert understands Volkswagen Australia is pushing to bring the full range of options available in Europe to our market, including the plug-in hybrid.
The PHEV will offer up to 100km of range, up from 40km in the outgoing model. It will offer faster AC home charging, and will support DC ultra-rapid charging for the first time.
Outside, the new car will be 32mm longer (4551mm) than the current car – but will ride on an identical 2681mm wheelbase, and measures the same 1939mm wide.
Volkswagen says luggage space has improved by 33 litres to 648 litres with the rear seats in place, while headroom has improved by 10mm in both the front and rear seats.
The Tiguan Allspace seven-seater is expected to be replaced by a standalone model dubbed Tayron, but it hasn’t yet been detailed.
Inside, the new Tiguan will feature a touchscreen measuring up to 15 inches.
Volkswagen says it’s in charge of “important functions such as navigation, music and climate control”, but promises it can be “customised with quick access”.
The death of the manual globally means Volkswagen has been able to move the transmission selector to the instrument pod, as is the case in ID. electric cars, which frees up more storage space on the central tunnel.
Volkswagen is also promising the cabin will be more premium than ever, with new seats and more sound deadening than before. Those seats will be heated and cooled, and feature massaging as an option.
Under the skin, the new Tiguan will feature adaptive damping as an option along with a full adaptive dynamics suite that will allow drivers to customise the behaviour of the throttle, steering, and electronic locking differential.