Volkswagen's SUV lineup is constantly expanding across the globe over the last two years and the brand has been introducing regular updates as well.
Other cues include a simpler design for the side gills that integrates neatly with the side character line and sports the (now) current R logo, which is also applied to the grille.
A statement from Volkswagen says the new Tiguan "takes assisted driving one step further" with a new optional feature called Travel Assist. The rest of the world, however, will get the updated Tiguan in late 2021.
The interior changes bring the Tiguan in line with Volkswagen's newer models, with the latest version of the firm's infotainment system and larger touchscreens available. It features a new multifunction steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons paired with a new 8.0 or 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The Tiguan comes with an option for an all-new 15-color ambient lighting system as well as new decors for every trim level. The "4Motion" lettering for the all-wheel drive models has also been redesigned. The Tiguan will continue to offer the 480-watt Fender Premium Audio System as standard equipment on top trims. A digital cockpit now comes standard similar to what you'd find on the new Golf.
A third row is standard on the base level model, which in the U.S.is actually the long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan, but you can opt out of that if you'd rather have the cargo space on SE trim levels and higher.
2022 Volkswagen Tiguan RHandout Volkswagen
Don't hold your breath for a hybrid or sporty version of the Tiguan for now.
While the Wolfsburg-based firm has yet to release full details of the full-fat R derivative, we do know it will employ the familiar turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, here tuned to delivered 235 kW. It incorporates the so-called Budack cycle for improved combustion efficiency. Maximum torque of 221 lb-ft is available from 1,600 to 4,360 rpm. That begins with its available Travel Assist system, which can take over steering, braking and acceleration of the new Tiguan at speeds of between 0 miles per hour 130 MPH. You still need to keep your hands on the wheel (it uses touch detection), but it's even more capable guidance and is activated by a separate button press on the steering wheel.
The system uses including radar cruise control and lane keeping assistance technology.
The system also takes into account local speed limit information, town boundary signs, junctions and roundabouts, and will adjust the vehicle's speed accordingly. But the extra technology will nearly certainly push the Tiguan's price up (it's already more expensive than many rivals), and neither the fast R or the potentially eco-friendly plug-in hybrid will be priced as entry-level models.