The popular compact crossover has been around for almost five years, so it seems like a perfect time for updates. So, it’s no wonder that the German manufacturer prepares a lot of novelties for the next year. The 2021 VW Tiguan is about to receive a facelift, but the list of changes will include not just styling upgrades, but changes in other aspects as well.
At this point, we know that the interior will also receive a couple of novelties. However, probably the most interesting thing about the 2021 VW Tiguan will be the addition of a hi-performance version, which is about to come under the famous “R” badge. Also, we expect to see a plug-in hybrid version of this small crossover, though the details are yet to come. Finally, novelties in terms of standard equipment are always welcome, so some additions in this aspect should come as well.
Despite all these novelties, it looks like the new version won’t hit the market much earlier than usual. Most likely, we will see it sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2021 VW Tiguan Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 VW Tiguan won’t feature any bigger changes. The overall layout will remain the same, which means there will be two versions in the offer, depending on the market. While the standard version comes with two roads of seats and sales in Europe and other parts of the world, the North American version comes with a stretched version, which comes with three rows of seats.
While the mechanics are about to remain the same, the aesthetical aspect of the 2021 VW Tiguan is about to come with notable changes. If you’re familiar with this carmaker, you know that these updates will be very subtle. From what we can see on the test mule, it looks like the biggest changes will be a new front fascia and new internals for headlights and taillights, both inspired by the new Golf Mk8. The rest of the crossover is expected to remain the same, though we count on things like new wheels, new color options etc.
On the other side, the new 2021 VW Tiguan R won’t get just a powerful engine, but also a full load of mechanical upgrades, including a new suspension setup. Naturally, some visual upgrades are expected as well, which will accentuate the model’s performance character.
The interior of this crossover will also receive updates. At this point, we don’t know the details, but it looks like the new model will come with some revisions on the dashboard. This particularly refers to the center stack, where we count on a new touchscreen, some button reconfiguration etc.
On the other side, the rest of the cabin is about to remain the same. The dashboard is largely the same as the one you can find in the previous-generation Golf Mk7, so these updates will definitely be more than welcome. On the other side, the rest of the cabin will remain the same. This means that North American buyers may count on three rows of seats. Of course, the third row is a little bit tight but it seems okay for kids and shorter trips.
When it comes to the cargo area, there are 12 cubic feet behind the third row, while the overall capacity goes over 70 cubic feet, which is pretty respectable number for the class.
2021 VW Tiguan Engines
The current model comes with just one engine in the offer. It is a 2.0-liter turbo-*four, which delivers around 184 horsepower. Despite it comes in pair with excellent 8-speed automatic transmission, it definitely doesn’t have enough power to ensure a dynamic ride. Still, it feels more than okay for daily commuting.
Fortunately, things will drastically change in the next year. First of all, the 2021 VW Tiguan R is on the way. This will be a hi-performance version of the crossover, equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, the same that can be found under the hood of Golf R, with a max output of 296 horsepower. Some sources suggest the max output may be increased to 330 horsepower but in any case, performances will be great.
Finally, we count on a plug-in hybrid version of the new 2021 VW Tiguan. At this point, we don’t know the details, but we know that the new model will probably be based on a smaller turbo engine and that will come with a 14-kWh battery pack. The all-electric range should go around 20 miles.
2021 VW Tiguan Release Date and Price
As we already mentioned, the 2021 VW Tiguan probably won’t hit the market before the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, the current model starts around 25.000 dollars and we don’t expect significant changes in the future. The competition will remain the same, which means models like RAV4, CR-V, Rogue etc.