After almost seven years the folks at Volkswagen have decided to give the Tiguan a new generation update. This is the third iteration of the SUV and there’s plenty of changes in store to give the Tiguan a fresher perspective.
At a glance the Tiguan gets a curvier design, a departure from its boxy predecessor, that is also evident thanks to the improved drag coefficient from 0.33 Cd to 0.28 Cd. As far as styling goes, there is a new, more aggressive face, complemented by optional HD matrix headlights. Move over to the side and there are new alloy wheel designs to choose from with sizes up to 20 inches. At the rear, the Tiguan seems to have taken a leaf out of the Taigun sold in India with its sleek connected LED tail lamps. It is also 32mm and 5mm longer and taller than its predecessor.
Inside, the changes are massive thanks to an overhauled dashboard layout that has the ginormous 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system right at the centre. Other bells and whistles include a digital driver’s display, front seats equipped with massaging, ventilation and heating functions, a heads-up display and automatic climate control. ADAS bits include lane-keep assist, auto emergency braking, and parking assistance.
We’re yet to know the detailed specifications of the 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan, but has kept things under wraps, but it will come with turbo-petrol, turbo-diesel, a mild-hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid engine options. All of them will be paired to a DSG automatic gearbox. Also, the plug-in-hybrid option is capable of going up to 100km in pure EV mode. It is yet to be seen which one of these powertrain options will make its way to the India-spec Tiguan, but it is unlikely to get a diesel engine on offer.
Volkswagen currently retails the outgoing Tiguan in India at Rs 35.16 lakh, ex-showroom. Expect the next-gen model to make its way to India around 2024. It will continue to take on the Skoda Kodiaq, Citroen C5 Aircross and the Hyundai Tucson in India.