The third-generation Tiguan will retain the MQB Evo platform as the basis, while even the body width (1839 mm) and the distance between the axles (2681 mm) will be the same. However, the crossover will add a little in length (up to 4551 mm; +31 mm) and in height (up to 1640 mm; +5 mm). The increased rear overhang favorably affected the useful volume of the trunk: it added another 33 liters and now reaches an impressive 648 liters by the standards of the class.
The chassis has been significantly redesigned. Expensive trim levels will get the DCC Pro suspension with two-valve shock absorbers, for which you can separately set the compression and rebound parameters.
The Vehicle Dynamics Management suspension system with fifteen modes will go to the crossover from the Golf GTI so-platform, so the difference between the sporty and comfortable suspension preset should become more noticeable.
In general, the new Tiguan will become even more praktisch, but no longer quadratisch: the designers abandoned strict edges in favor of smoother contours. The Skoda Kodiaq will follow a similar path with the generation change: these two new products will have a common black window line rising to the rear pillar.
As an option, IQ.Light HD matrix optics developed by Hella will be offered: 19,000 LEDs are placed in each headlight, like the updated Tuareg, which can draw tips and pictograms on the road surface.
The interior has become a little more spacious: nine additional millimeters appeared above the heads of the front riders, and exactly a centimeter above the heads of the rear ones. The front panel is completely new, with a 12.9-inch or 15-inch bulging tablet, like the new electric flagship ID.7 or the larger Touareg crossover. The 10.25-inch instrument panel display is devoid of a visor. Also for the first time for the Tiguan, a projection on the windshield will be available.
There are no more climate control buttons: the lower part of the central tablet is reserved for them. The transmission selector moved to the steering column to make room for small luggage on the central tunnel: many people do this now. There remained only the volume control washer, the engine start button and the electronic handbrake.
But the Germans did not switch to touch keys on the steering wheel: there are still hardware keys – the “steering wheel” regarding the restyled Tiguan of the current generation, it seems, has not changed at all – which customers like. For their convenience, the optional ergoActive front seats with adjustable lumbar support and massage, heating and ventilation functions are also designed.
A radical revision of power units with a generation change is not expected. The basic versions will be equipped with 1.5 or 2.0 liter petrol turbo engines (their output is not indicated, so you can expect a slight boost), as well as a 2.0-liter 150-horsepower turbodiesel (this is the one on the running prototype). But there will definitely not be a “hot” version of the Tiguan R in the new generation: it will be partially replaced by the Tiguan eHybrid plug-in hybrid in the top-end configuration with 272 hp. With. By the way, there will also be a 204-horsepower modification with similar equipment.
And the hybrid Tiguans will get a traction battery increased from 13 to 18.5 kWh, thanks to which the range in all-electric mode will reach 100 km. The Germans also promise increased charging speed due to compatibility with DC terminals, but the process should go faster with single-phase chargers.
We will find out the rest of the details at the end of September, when a full-fledged premiere will take place. The debut of the new VW Tiguan in Europe is expected in the first quarter of 2024.