Volkswagen Reveals Updated Tiguan with New Look, More Tech

Volkswagen is updating the fastest growing SUV in its class for 2022. With a standard digital cockpit, new driver assists, and a Tiguan R (in Europe only so far), the updated model is sure to pick up on the success of the Mk2 Tiguan.

The company hopes to start resales on the updated Tiguan shortly, but the new crossover won’t go on sale until Fall 2021 in North America. But until then, we have some choice details to get ready for.

The first change you’re likely to notice is the new look, which follows in the design language set by the Mk8 Golf. Like the Golf, the nameplate on the back of the car moves to the center, under the VW logo, while new headlights and taillights refresh the look.

LED lights are standard for 2022 and wheels from 17 to 20 inches will be fit to the car depending on trim level.

Inside, an 8-inch digital cockpit comes standard, but a 10.25-inch digital cockpit can be fit as an option. In the center stack, there’s a standard 6.5-inch infotainment screen or an 8-inch optional screen. That bigger screen may become useful since VW plans to do a lot with the new infotainment system.

Everything from the volume controls to heated seat controls (standard), will be operated through the center screen. That may ring some alarm bells, but VW promises that they’ll be intuitive and easy to use.

Travel Assist, meanwhile, allows the Tiguan to accelerate, decelerate, and even stop in traffic as long as there’s a car in front of you. The system works at speeds of up to 130 mph. Using Lane Assist, it can also keep you within your lane, though you need to stay in control of the car at all times.

Powertrains for the US remain the same—meaning a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. The familiar engine is attached to a familiar eight-speed automatic transmission. A Tiguan R has been confirmed in Europe, but it has not been confirmed for the US.

The R version is based on the short-wheelbase version of the Tiguan, so an amount of work would have to go into setting it up right and some money would have to go into crash testing it here. Volkswagen US, though, says it’s trying its heart out to get us a long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan R.

No pricing has been revealed, but VW says that if there is a bump in prices, it will be very small.

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