Volkswagen’s popular compact crossover, the Tiguan entered the second generation last year. The customer in the USA waited a little longer for the 2nd-gen debut than the Europeans, which fancy a bit more smaller car dimensions and sporty ride. Now, the German automaker is ready to launch the 2021 VW Tiguan, with improved technology, enhanced performances, and an exterior overhaul.
The redesigned crossover comes with a different design in the States, while the European version will get a performance Tiguan R model. Furthermore, the reports from the VW’s headquarters suggest the partial electrification is on its way. The redesigned Tiguan will offer brand-new color options, as well as some exclusive features for the cabin. On top of that, as a part of the mid-cycle update, the infotainment will be upgraded, as well.
2021 VW Tiguan – What Will Bring the New Generation?
A couple of weeks ago, we stumbled on specific details regarding the new generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan. The refined vehicle will present some significant changes, and most of it will happen on the exterior part of the car. The original design language, in combination with a new interior layout, brings a more appealing look, and an upscale feel to the cabin.
Therefore, the cabin will get a larger infotainment display, and a bit less physical commands. Also, 2021 VW Tiguan will probably ride on the refined version of the ongoing MQB platform. The compact crossover will include brand-new eco-friendly mild-hybrid engines. As we mentioned already, the plug-in hybrid will enter the production as well.
The prototype model spotted during test drives show us a couple of notable styling changes. For example, for the mid-cycle update 2021 VW Tiguan will adopt a more prominent grille, similar to the one on the current Passat. Moreover, the headlights will follow the same design path, and you can see the influence of the company’s family car. The taillights will be redesigned as well, and the color palette will be refreshed with new, equally vibrant hues.
Furthermore, the short-wheelbase European version of Tiguan will add the performance R variant. The Tiguan R will deliver more aggressive front and rear fascias, and quad exhaust setup. Similar to the T-Roc R, the performance R version will include tweaked chassis, larger brakes, and lowered suspension.
The US version of 2021 VW Tiguan will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain, linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This unit produces 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of twist. Still, we expect that the refined version of this mill could get a significant performance upgrade. But we must wait and see what the company will decide.
The crossover will be available in front- and all-wheel-drive setup. Also, the new Tiguan should return at least 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the FWD.
Furthermore, the European version will get an improved drivetrain, as well as the mild-hybrid support. On top of that, the above-mentioned Tiguan R comes with a 2.0-liter turbo unit, paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The total output of this combination should go slightly over 300 hp.
2021 VW Tiguan Release Date and Price
The redesigned and improved 2021 VW Tiguan will make a debut in the mid-2020. But, the precise release date is not yet announced. The potential buyer will notice a slight price jump in comparison to the previous version.
So, expect that the MSRP of the upcoming model will be around $25,000. On the other hand, the performance R model will be available in 2021. After that, the company will work on the more severe styling changes and chassis redesign in 2022.