Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the 3rd generation Tiguan, scheduled to go on sale in select markets in the first quarter of 2024. Which means we don’t have full information just yet, but let’s talk about what’s available at present.
The new Tiguan is built on the MQB Evo platform—shared with models such as the Octavia Mk4, Audi Q6, Golf Mk8, and even the new Passat we read about recently. It does look very stylish and more premium compared with its business-bland-looking predecessor. The reddish-orange one is the sporty R-Line model. The redesigned front fascia features a faux/closed upper “grille” with a light band that runs across the full width of the car.
The headlights you see in the photos here are the optional IQ.Light HD Matrix LED headlights—which are claimed to contain 19,200 multipixel LEDs per headlight. VW is happy to share that the new Tiguan is the first MQB model to be launched with the newly developed IQ.Light HD Matrix LED headlights. There’s also a light band at the rear, and the rear fascia of the regular Tiguan reminds me of the Suzuki Grand Vitara while the R-Line reminds me of a Lexus, but maybe that’s just me.
VW is also happy to share that the drag coefficient has improved from 0.33 to 0.28 Cd. Another key highlight of the new Tiguan is that the length of the vehicle has been stretched by approximately 3 cm (30 mm) while the height, width and wheelbase remain practically identical to the predecessor. I’m not entirely sure how much beneficial is this extra 3 cm, but VW says that the luggage space has increased by 37 litres to 652 litres (with the rear seat backrest up).
Inside, things look very… techuan. I mean, there’s a new 10.2-inch Digital Cockpit Pro, an optional 15-inch Discover Pro Max touchscreen (12.9-inch for lesser trims), an optional head-up display, a 15-watt wireless charging pad, and some fancy ambient lighting. You can also notice a new multifunctional rotary dial in the centre console with an integrated OLED display. And, like in the Volkswagen ID. models and the new Passat, the gear selector has moved to the steering column.
The new Tiguan also gets the optional ergoActive Plus seats with pneumatic 4-way lumbar adjustment and pneumatic 10-chamber pressure massage function. In addition, there is a programming function for automatic activation of the seat heating or seat ventilation at certain outside temperatures, VW added.
Assistance systems include Side Assist (lane change system), Front Assist (Autonomous Emergency Braking), Lane Assist (lane keeping system), Rear View (rear view camera system), and Dynamic Road Sign Display. Optional extras include Park Assist Pro with remote parking capability (via a smartphone app) and Trailer Assist.
Powertrain options for the new Tiguan will include turbo diesel engines (TDI), turbo gasoline engines (TSI), mild-hybrid turbo gasoline engines (eTSI) and plug-in hybrid systems (eHybrid), all of which will be offered exclusively with a DSG. The PHEV model is claimed to offer a pure electric range of up to 100 km (62 mi).
Vehicle Dynamics Manager – a system that made its debut in the current Golf GTI is included as standard. The system controls the functions of the electronic differential locks (XDS) and the lateral dynamics components of the shock absorbers in the optional DCC Pro system.